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February 22, 2007
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February 2007 Preventing Perinatal HIV Transmission Field Update

Welcome to this issue of Preventing Perinatal HIV Transmission: Field Update. You are receiving this newsletter because you expressed an interest in perinatal HIV prevention in hospitals or have signed up to receive it. This quarterly email newsletter connects its subscribers to news updates, trends, statistics, prevention programs, policy initiatives, tools, and useful practices relating to perinatal HIV prevention in U.S. hospitals. The Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), produces this newsletter as a forum for information dissemination and for communication among and between hospital staff, HIV experts, and researchers.

For more information on HRET's Perinatal HIV Prevention project, please visit our newly updated web site.

If you have comments or suggestions for future issues of this newsletter, please contact Jennifer Reiter at

HRET Updates Comparison and Purchasing Charts for Rapid HIV Antibody Screening Tests
HRET staff recently updated their charts comparing the purchasing and general details of rapid HIV antibody screening tests. The general comparison chart compares information on FDA-approval date, specimen type, CLIA-status, specificity, sensitivity, manufacturer, HIV-2 detection capabilities, list price, and external controls. The purchasing chart compares information on test price, external controls, number of tests per case, catalog number, storage temperature, operating temperature, shelf lives of tests and controls, time required to conduct test, and validity window periods.

Click here to view the updated charts.

ACOG Releases Guidelines for Routine HIV Screening
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) supports CDC's recent recommendations for routine HIV screening in health care settings and has included HIV screening in the periodic assessment tables for women ages 19-64 and for high-risk adolescents ages 13-18 in Committee Opinion 357 Primary and Preventive Care: Periodic Assessments. It was published in the December 2006 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

To read the press release, click here.

HRET Staff Discuss Advantages of Rapid HIV Testing in Hospitals and Health Networks
In addition to researching and creating tools in the field of perinatal HIV prevention, HRET is also working to encourage rapid HIV testing in hospitals. The December 2006 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks featured the OutBox column, "Rapid HIV Testing: Why Not Take Advantage of These Encounters to Ascertain Patients' HIV Status?" by Gretchen Williams Torres, HRET director, research and Cynthia Hedges Greising, staff writer. HRET is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention to examine current practices, policies, and opportunities to incorporate HIV testing into hospital settings. The column includes recommendations for using rapid HIV tests in hospitals and health systems.

To read the full article click here.

ACOG Participates in National Meetings on HIV Prevention
ACOG, along with other specialty societies, was invited to present examples of activities that had been successful in providing physician support, resources, and tools to achieve high rates of perinatal HIV testing at an AMA/CDC meeting in Atlanta in October 2006. ACOG also was invited to participate and present similar information at a national symposium of HIV/AIDS experts who met to discuss "Opportunities for Improving HIV Diagnosis, Prevention & Access to Care in the U.S." in Washington, DC in November 2006.

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Updated Fact Sheets on Women and Minorities and HIV/AIDS
In January, the Kaiser Family Foundation released updated fact sheets on women and minorities in the United States. By presenting a snapshot of the epidemic's impact on these populations, these sheets detail how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is taking an increasing toll on women and minorities in this country. Each fact sheet includes the latest information on key trends and current cases, as well as population-specific information on HIV transmission patterns and access to care.

Click here to view the fact sheets on HIV/AIDS in the United States and women, black Americans, and Latinos.

Provider Education on New CDC Recommendations
Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) are facilitating discussions around the new CDC Recommendations for HIV Testing to help providers understand the rationale of the recommendations and its interface with current state laws.  AETCs provide training for health care providers throughout the country to improve health outcomes of people living with HIV/AIDS.  The use of innovative training methods, clinical consultation and decision support offer providers the opportunity to stay abreast to emerging topics in the field.  Please check with your local AETC for upcoming training opportunities.

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