The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends- “Hospitals should adopt a policy of routine, rapid HIV testing using an opt-out approach for women who have undocumented HIV test results when presenting to labor & delivery.”

The Perinatal HIV Prevention Program offers training and technical assistance on the process to implement rapid HIV testing in the labor and delivery unit. This service is available, free of charge, to any delivering hospital in the state of Florida. The program targets hospital labor and delivery units and healthcare professionals throughout the state in an effort to increase the number of delivering hospitals that conduct routine rapid HIV screening on women who appear at delivery with an undocumented HIV test result after 27 weeks gestation. The goal is to reduce the incidence of transmission by educating clinicians on the most advanced testing and treatment options currently available. The training is based on Florida law and current guidelines for the care and treatment of HIV-infected pregnant women and their exposed infants.

Scope of Services to be provided

This training will emphasize the most current treatment options for reducing perinatal HIV transmission. As a result of participation in this training participants will:

  1. Learn the virology of HIV including vertical transmission.
  2. Learn state laws related to HIV/STD testing and reporting in pregnancy.
  3. Evaluate patients for proper treatment.
  4. Recognize the importance of testing pregnant women for HIV and STD.
  5. Be better able to apply knowledge of proper treatment for HIV positive women and exposed infants.
  6. Understand the importance of Rapid HIV Testing in labor and delivery units to further reduce mother to child transmission.
  7. Be able to effectively implement a rapid testing protocol in their labor and delivery units.

The trainer will distribute perinatal HIV transmission prevention materials and educational tools that will assist in implementing a rapid testing program within the individual hospital settings.