A pilot leaflet providing information on HIV testing for pregnant women has been launched by health minister, Tessa Jowell.
Jowell asserted the Government’s commitment to reducing the number of children born with HIV infection.
“Although the UK has a comparatively low prevalence of HIV, surveys have shown that most of the infections are not recognised during pregnancy.”
Jowell added: “There are steps which can be taken to reduce the risk of maternal transmission of HIV, so it is vital that infection is identified as early as possible.”
The leaflet is intended to provide pregnant mothers with relevant information enabling them to reach an informed decision about HIV testing.
Jowell added: “We hope that this, in conjunction with other initiatives, will result in an increased uptake of HIV testing which will ultimately lead to a reduction in the number of infected children born in this country.”