I felt confident of my negative status and did not consent. Pregnancy is one of the things that can lead to a false positive. For me the risk of getting a false positive and having to deal with the fallout from that seemed worse than any possible negatives of not being tested.
This time around I didn't bother.
A false positive isn't that big a deal, you retake the test and go from there. It's not like a false positive GIVES you HIV. And I'd rather have known in advance if I was positive, since it would seriously affect my baby.
Second time around I didn't bother, as I hadn't been exposed to any risk since the first time.
In future, I'll decline it as well. I'm in a monogamous relationship and all.
And I think they throw that test in there since the results can, obviously, have a big impact on you and your babe, but also because it's a good piece of information for a woman to have and pregnancy is seen as one of those "catch all" times by the medical establishment. Not saying that's a GOOD reason of course, but I'm guessing that's the logic behind the "universal testing" of mamas.
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I think they are doing one for me, as I saw it checked off on my blood test list when I went to the lab. I don't really care, but I am glad to know that there is a possiblity of false positive. In case this happens, I will now remain calm and have them do it again.
I skipped it this time because it was an extra vile of blood, and I am a wreck when it comes to blood tests. They have to lay me down even, it's bad. I had one with the last baby and DP and I each had them when we got our life ins policies 3 years ago, so there is no reason to do it again.
I also live in NYSate, has anyone else run into this law?
I am planning a HB. But, my MW advised me that in the event of a transfer, if there was no HIV negative test results, they would prevent me from BFing the baby until they took blood from him and tested it, which could be more than a day.
I figured that if we transferred for some reason, there would already be more trauma for the baby than I would want, and I wouldn't want to add any additional trauma.
I was insulted as well. How can we be guilty until proven innocent? The same goes for the eye drops, which are almost impossible to refuse in NYS. It is based on an assumption of gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Anyway, the PKU test includes an HIV test in NYS these days. That can't be refused. But, at least with the PKU they can't keep your baby from you while they wait for the results.
ETA: I see that other NYer's have answered the same way as I did. Does anyone know, with the eye drops: I was tested for STD's with the original blood draw. Could I ask to be tested again right before birth and then be able to avoid the drops since I still would be gonorrhea- and chlamydia-free?
The hospital (military hospital) tested for it anyway.
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I don't see why anyone would be offended at being tested for an STD...not all STD's have obvious symptoms. I got an STD when I was in a monogamous relationship with my DH...he was diagnosed with an STD before we got together and was treated for it, but not well enough I guess, so I got it. I didn't know I had it until I was tested, I must have had it for quite some time.
That's illegal in any state. They must have your prior consent before performing any test.
No wonder that the number of women being tested went up from 30 to 90 % between 1998-2004 after they launched a prenatal HIV testing program in 1998 (source: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/...d_article.html). Sadly, I was not able to find any newer numbers. In any case, it seems they are still supposed to ask for permission and you can opt out.
There are plenty of routine procedures in the OB's office that I'll decline. I pick my fights, and HIV testing is not one of them.
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