Press Release:– All pregnant women must have serology testing during pregnancy. Ideally, this should take place twice during their pregnancy – within the first 3 months and within the last 3 months.
Serology testing involves taking a blood sample to test for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HTLV 1&2.
All pregnant women can get these tests done for free at the Ezra Long Laboratory at Victoria Hospital.
Testing ensures early diagnosis and treatment of the affected mother where necessary. Testing can also ensure that the affected mother can inform their partner so that they can be tested and treated as well.
Early diagnosis and treatment reduce the chances of the baby getting HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, while in utero, that is, while in mother’s womb.
Early diagnosis and treatment reduce the chances of baby dying while in mother’s womb, from any of those diseases.
Early diagnosis and treatment reduce the chances of the baby dying from any of those diseases after birth.
The goal is to have healthy mothers and healthy babies.
Any mother who does testing for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and HTLV 1&2 are exempt from paying any fees for those tests at the Ezra Long Laboratory at Victoria Hospital. What this means is that all those tests are free for pregnant mothers.