I’m pregnant. Why should I get tested?

I don’t believe I am at high risk. Why should I get tested?
March 19, 2021
How does taking an HIV test help me?
March 19, 2021

I’m pregnant. Why should I get tested?

All pregnant women should be tested for HIV so that they can begin treatment if they have HIV. If a woman is treated for HIV early in her pregnancy, the risk of transmitting HIV to her baby is extremely low (1% or less). Testing pregnant women for HIV infection and treating those women who have HIV has led to a huge decline in the number of children born with HIV.

The treatment is most effective when started as early as possible during a pregnancy. However, there are still great health benefits to beginning preventive treatment even during labor or shortly after the baby is born.