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Knowledge about tests for HIV antibodies among pregnant women

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6958.877a (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:877
  1. N Desmond,
  2. H Morgan,
  3. P Kell
  1. Women's Health Department, Whittington Hospital, London N19 5NF Archway Sexual Health Clinic, Whittington Hospital.

    EDITOR, - Angus Nicoll and colleagues highlight the increasing prevalence of HIV infection in pregnant women in London.1 We recently investigated patients' understanding of antenatal testing for antibodies to HIV at an inner London obstetric unit. Anonymous self completion questionnaires were issued to 238 women attending the antenatal clinic over three months; 16 women refused to complete them, giving a response rate of 93.3%. All the women had previously seen a doctor and a midwife during the pregnancy. Anonymous, unlinked tests for HIV antibodies were being carried out in …

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