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National Blood Service can provide useful data for antenatal detection of HIV

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7325.1369 (Published 08 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1369
  1. Elizabeth Boxall, consultant virologist,
  2. John Kurtz, consultant virologist the antenatal screening laboratories of the National Blood Service.
  1. National Blood Service, Birmingham B16 2SG
  2. National Blood Service, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR—Cliffe et al investigated the value of antenatal screening for HIV and the role it has in reducing perinatal transmission of HIV.1 The National Blood Service offers antenatal HIV screening linked to its traditional antenatal red cell serology service, and consequently it can provide useful data in a timely fashion on the prevalence of this infection in the antenatal population …

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