Monday, December 9, 2019

Ministry Of Health Advocates Serology Testing Form Pregnant Women

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.


  1. Which begs the question can they afford to have a child in the first place. Each test cost 15.00 ECD for a total of 75.00 ECD. Cheaper than a ticket to most shows and you have three to six months to raise the funds. I applaud the Ministry for providing the service to prevent mother to child transmission of sexually transmitted infections BUT people who plan or become parents by default should really consider the cost of raring a child. By the way the cost of purchasing the materials to run one of those tests is just over 50 USD and that’s a conservative number. So please make use of the free service the government is providing at a high cost to tax payers.


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