HIV & STD testing can SAVE your baby’s LIFE… Know your HIV status before you get pregnant.
Because the rate of HIV/STD infection in women is so high in Florida, all women in Florida are considered to be in a high-risk category. When you get pregnant, Florida law requires that your doctor routinely screen you for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV, and syphilis at your first prenatal visit and again after 27 weeks or around 7 months
- You will be notified that these tests will be done but you will not be asked to sign a consent.
You have the right to refuse but it is important to understand that if you have the HIV virus and do not get treatment there is a 25-30% chance you can pass the virus on to your baby. Remember, there is no cure for HIV. With proper treatment the risk of infecting your baby is less than 2%. If you decline to be tested for HIV or any of the other STDs, you will be required to sign a form that states that the risks were explained and which test(s) you are declining. If you go to a hospital in labor and have not been tested after 27 weeks the hospital is required by law to do HIV/STD testing when you are admitted. Even though early identification and treatment is best, it is never too late to protect your baby. The requirements are the same as earlier in your pregnancy; you will not have to sign a consent. You have the right to refuse.
You have the power to help stop the spread of HIV.
- Be safe.The best way to prevent HIV is to abstain from having sex. If you do have sex, use a new latex condom every time. Do not share needles or syringes.
- Talk about it. Talk about sex and HIV with your partners. Find out when they were last tested for HIV and what their status was. Be clear that you will be having safer sex…or none at all.
- Talk to your doctor. If you are sexually active, you should get tested for HIV at least once. Do not assume your doctor will ask you to be tested for HIV.
- Spread the word. Thousands of women are infected by HIV each year. Set an example by getting tested and spreading the word that others should do the same.
For more information about HIV and AIDS, visit: www.aids.gov.
National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
REMEMBER anytime you have unprotected sex you are at risk for getting infected with HIV/STD. KNOW YOUR STATUS.
KNOW YOUR PARTNERS STATUS.
PROTECT YOUR BABY.
Ask your primary care provider about HIV/STD testing and make this a routine part of your yearly check-up. -OR- Click here for an HIV test site in your area.