The Brief Case: A Reactive HIV Rapid Antibody Test in a Pregnant Woman

February 23, 2017 at 7:54 am

Journal of Clinical Microbiology April 2016 V.54 N.4 P.826-828

Melanie L. Yarbrough and Neil W. Anderson

A 32-year-old pregnant woman presented to her obstetrician for routine prenatal care during her 3rd month of pregnancy. She reported no major health concerns, with the exception of mild morning sickness that had been gradually improving. Upon physical examination, she appeared healthy and her vitals were stable and within normal limits.

Abdominal ultrasound revealed reassuring fetal heart tones, and her remaining physical exam was unremarkable.

She was counseled regarding the need for several routine prenatal laboratory tests, including testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), to which she agreed.

A rapid HIV test performed in the obstetrician’s office was positive for antibodies against HIV.

The positive rapid antibody result was shared with the patient. She denied any risk factors for HIV infection, including intravenous drug use and sex with multiple partners.

The obstetrician stressed that the results were only preliminary and required confirmatory testing. Prior to sending the patient home, a blood sample was drawn for submission to the local clinical laboratory for additional testing. The obstetrician called the laboratory asking how long it would take for the Western blot confirmatory test to be performed.

A representative from the testing laboratory informed him that they now used the fourth-generation algorithm and therefore no longer performed confirmatory testing by Western blot assay….

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Entry filed under: Antirretrovirales, Biología Molecular, Epidemiología, HIV/SIDA, HIV/SIDA Laboratorio, HIV/SIDA Mujeres, Infecciones en embarzadas.

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