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Midwives can help increase uptake of antenatal screening for HIV

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:71
  1. Stephen R Killick, Heada,
  2. John Craske, Consultant virologistb,
  3. Elizabeth Miller, Headc
  1. a Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Hull, Princess Royal Hospital, Hull HU8 9HE
  2. b Manchester Public Health Laboratory, Manchester M20 2LR
  3. c Immunisation Division, Public Health Laboratory Service, London NW9 5EQ

    Editor—In their short report about a descriptive survey of antenatal testing for HIV Sandra E MacDonagh and colleagues raise concerns about the effectiveness of the current programmes operating in London to detect women infected with HIV.1 They show depressingly poor detection rates in all units, particularly those with selective testing policies and low uptake (<1%) of HIV testing. Even in units with an uptake of over 40% only a fifth …

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