Hong Kong Med J 2001;7:421-7 | Number 4, December 2001
Universal antenatal human immunodeficiency virus testing in Hong Kong: consensus statement
PL Ho, KCW Chan, SSS Chiu, TH Lam, YL Lau, CP Lee, SS Lee, PCK Li, W Lim, WL Lo, MM Morais, MH Ng, U Thisyakorn, HWK Tso, TKF Wang
Center of Infection, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Following the recommendations of the Advisory Council on AIDS, Hong Kong, the Hospital Authority announced plans to introduce universal antenatal screening for human immunodeficiency virus infection and hence, a consensus conference was held to discuss strategies for implementing such screening in Hong Kong. This paper reports the discussions of the consensus conference. The consensus meeting group consisted of 15 clinicians and scientists from Hong Kong, Macau, and Thailand. Seven commonly asked questions concerning mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus were selected for discussion by the participating panellists. Information on the laboratory diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infection and the efficacy of preventive measures in reducing mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus were reviewed. Data from local studies was also presented and discussed. The timing, potential problems, and cost issues involved in testing all pregnant women in Hong Kong for human immunodeficiency virus were then considered.
Key words: Disease transmission, vertical; HIV infections; Hong Kong; Mass screening; Prenatal diagnosis
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