Prenatal HIV Testing Program

Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers

How much time will it take me to offer the HIV test?

Explanation of the program and pre-test counselling with your patient can be handled during a regular prenatal appointment. A discussion guide and checklist summarizes the information for you to cover. A brochure also provides the information women need to give informed consent.

Aren't there a lot of forms to deal with?

The prenatal screening requisition now includes HIV (along with rubella, syphilis and hepatitis B). Just use this form and send it along with the usual OHIP lab form with the patient to the lab. Prenatal screening requisitions are available through the Laboratory Services Branch, at 416-235-5937.

How do I deal with informed consent?

Feedback from women indicates they appreciate receiving written information to augment a discussion of the pros and cons with their healthcare provider. Reviewing the brochure HIV Testing is Important for You and Your Baby with your patient can help provide the information they need to make informed consent. Although written consent is not required, you may wish to use the Discussion Guide Checklist to record your patient's decision, and add it to the patient file.

What do I do if a test result is positive for HIV?

The fact sheet, Preventing HIV Transmission from Infected Mothers to Their Babies, is a guide for health care providers outlining treatment options and sources for additional information.

June 2004

For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at:
1–866–532–3161 (Toll–free)
In Toronto, (416) 314–5518
TTY 1–800–387–5559.
In Toronto, TTY (416)327–4282
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