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May 08, 2008
Preventing Perinatal HIV Transmission Newsletter: Field Update Banner Logo

Preventing Perinatal HIV Transmission Newsletter: Field Update Banner Logo

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

HRET Sponsors Free Workshops on Perinatal HIV Testing
HRET is sponsoring free upcoming workshops in Oakland (June 27), Washington, DC (July 29), Baltimore (July 31), and Miami (September 8) for hospitals interested in implementing rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery units. Each daylong workshop will include information on CDC HIV testing recommendations, point-of-care vs. laboratory testing, state laws, prophylaxis and treatment, referral and counseling, and reimbursement. Workshops are open to hospital staff in labor and delivery, nursery, emergency, laboratory, infectious disease, and pharmacy. These workshops are part of a larger partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HRET is looking to sponsor more workshops in other states. For more information on having a workshop in your state, contact Joan Miller at or 312-422-2619.

HRET Offers Free Technical Assistance on Perinatal HIV Testing
In addition to sponsoring free workshops in a number of states nationwide, HRET is also offering free individual technical assistance to hospitals interested in implementing rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery units. The training can include information on CDC HIV testing recommendations, test selection, cost, point-of-care versus lab testing, consent, and linkages to care, among other issues. Training can be on-site or via conference call as needed. Technical assistance is open to hospital staff in labor, delivery, nursery, pharmacy, laboratory, and infectious disease departments. The technical assistance support is part of HRET’s partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on technical assistance and to schedule a hospital visit, contact Joan Miller at or 312-422-2619.

Archived Webcasts Available from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Two webcasts on perinatal HIV transmission were presented by national partners and CDC staff this past March. Each archived webcast includes video, slides, captions, transcripts, and audio files.

Preventing Perinatal HIV Transmission” was presented by Margaret Lampe, RN, MPH of the CDC, and Shannon Weber, MSW of the National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center.

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: Routine and Rapid HIV Testing in Healthy Start” was presented by Elaine Gross, RN, MS, CNS-C of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center. Johannie Escarne, a public health analyst, moderated both webcasts.

HIV Testing Implementation Materials Available from the NCCC
The National HIV/AIDS Clinicians’ Consultation Center (NCCC) has developed training and promotional materials for routine HIV testing consultation. The materials include informational slides, testing consultation posters, publication inserts, and vignettes from the NCCC’s Warmline on actual calls pertaining to HIV testing consultations. The materials help healthcare workers understand how expert consultation from the Warmline (800-933-3413) and Perinatal HIV Hotline (888-448-8765) can benefit them in the implementation of routine HIV testing, the interpretation and disclosing of test results, the use of standard and rapid HIV tests, and the reconciliation of state HIV testing laws with the CDC’s recommendations on HIV testing. The NCCC Warmline and Perinatal Hotline offer expert, confidential, free advice on testing and other aspects of HIV treatment to healthcare providers. The Warmline is available from 9 am to 8 pm EST, and the Perinatal HIV Hotline provides advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To access these materials, visit the NCCC’s Web site.

The NCCC also offers an up-to-date and comprehensive resource on state HIV testing laws and regulations - the State HIV Testing Laws Compendium - on its Web site.

HIV Testing CPT Coding Guide Developed by AAHIVM and AMA
The American Academy of HIV Medicine and the American Medical Association, along with contributions from other organizations, recently developed an HIV Testing CPT Coding Guide. CPT codes are the HIPAA standard for reporting of outpatient services. Because hospitals use these codes for any type of outpatient services for all payers, using them fits in with hospital’s work to prevent perinatal HIV transmission.

To view the guide, click here.

National Medical Association Aims to Increase HIV Testing in African-American Communities
The National Medical Association (NMA) is promoting its national outreach project in anticipation of Juneteenth. Between May 15 and June 19, the NMA will reach out to African-American physicians and physicians who treat African-American patients to promote increased HIV testing. The goal of the project is to reach every physician over the next three years. An additional component of the project is to identify zip codes with overlapping high incidences of STIs, HIV, and teen pregnancy, and then organize programs to test those entire zip codes.

The outreach project will also promote testing between November 1 and November 30, leading up to World AIDS Day.

Vermont Health Department Releases Guidelines for Routine HIV Testing of Pregnant Women
The Vermont Department of Health recently released guidelines for universal HIV counseling and voluntary HIV testing for pregnant women. Currently, HIV testing in Vermont is conducted on an opt-in basis. These new guidelines call for HIV testing to be done on an opt-out basis as part of routine health check-ups, in line with the CDC's revised recommendations for HIV testing.

To read the Vermont Department of Health’s guidelines, click here.

CDC Study Shows That One in Four Female Adolescents Has a Sexually Transmitted Infection
At a conference in March, the results of a new CDC study were reported that found that one in four (26%) female adolescents has at least one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Researchers studied the responses from 838 female adolescents (aged 14-19) who participated in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a continuous annual study that examines a nationally representative sample of the U.S. household population to assess a broad range of health issues. For this analysis, the teens were tested for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, chlamydia, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection, and trichomoniasis. The authors examined high-risk HPV types, including 23 types of the virus that are known to cause cancer, and the two types that cause most genital warts.

To read a summary of the highlighted research of this oral abstract presented at the 2008 National STD Prevention Conference, click

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