HIV test in pregnancy
This article is about why all pregnant women in Germany are offered an HIV test. It is intended to help you during appointments with your doctor. If you have further questions, there are various organizations that offer advice and support, such as your local health department or AIDS information center.
The key points:
- HIV can be passed on to babies during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.
- It is important to detect an HIV infection as soon as possible. If treatment is started early enough, there’s a good chance that mother-to-child infection can be prevented. Even if an HIV infection is only detected later in the pregnancy, treatment can still protect the baby.
- It is possible to have an anonymous HIV test.
All pregnant women have the right to have an HIV test. But they can, of course, choose not to have one.