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Why is it recommended that all pregnant women have an HIV test?

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  1. Dr C H Asrani on Mar 30, 2012 Reply

    One of the 3 main ways of HIV virus getting transmitted is VERTICAL TRANSMISSION – Mother to Child in the womb. It was initially made essential to save a HIV+ve child from being born.
    Now with the advances in HIV treatment (ART) it is possible for a HIV+ve mother to give birth to HIV-ve child with appropriate medication.
    Hence it is mandatory that all pregnant women are tested for HIV virus (as also VDRL & Hepatitis B)

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