If you are pregnant, any healthcare worker who cares for you has to:
- Provide you with HIV counseling; and
- Test you for HIV on an opt out basis.
They will not have to do this if you are already:
- HIV positive; or
- Had a negative HIV status during your third trimester.
The test for HIV is on an opt out basis. This means you will be tested unless you refuse.
Your test results will be noted in your newborn infant’s medical record.
The hospital is required to report a positive HIV test, for you or your newborn, to the Department of Public Health. The hospital must protect your privacy in this process. Most normal confidentiality rules apply.
Updated: December 1969