Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening rates were much lower than prenatal screening for syphilis and hepatitis B in a study of 98,709 Medicaid-insured pregnant women that estimated prenatal sexually transmitted diseases screening rates. The study estimated prenatal screening rates for syphilis, hepatitis B, HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea among women aged 15 to 44. Researchers also found:
• HIV screening rates were low and varied by insurance type and demographics.
• Highest screening rates were for syphilis (96.3%) and hepatitis B (96.3%).
• Chlamydia screening was suboptimal and most often occurred with Pap testing.
Citation: Ross CE, Tao G, Patton M, Hoover KW. Screening for human immunodeficiency virus and other sexually transmitted diseases among US women with prenatal care. Obstet Gynecol 2015;125(5):1211-1216. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000756.