Departments of Pediatrics, and Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University, and the IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


  • Original Article   
    Compliance with recommendations for routine HIV screening during pregnancy in Halifax
    Author(s): Stephanie J Côté and Scott A Halperin*

    BACKGROUND: The routine offering of testing for HIV during each pregnancy is recommended by various advisory bodies, including the Canadian Paediatric Society. OBJECTIVES: To determine the proportion of women in Nova Scotia who were counselled about HIV and HIV testing during their pregnancies and to determine the proportion of those who underwent the blood test after counselling. METHODS: A Self-administered survey at the IWK Health Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia was performed. Questionnaires were distributed to 800 new mothers who delivered a child between March 10 and May 10, 2000. The questionnaire asked women for their ages, levels of education, history of previous deliveries, whether they had received counselling about HIV during their pregnancy, whether they were offered an HIV blood test and whether they underwent an HIV blood test. RESULTS: A total .. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/1488-5069.1000021