Your doctor and your baby’s doctor
can answer your questions so you can
decide what is best for you and your baby.
For New Mothers
About Your Baby’s
State of New York
George E. Pataki, Governor
New York State Department of Health
Antonia C. Novello, M.D., M.P. H., Dr. P.H., Commissioner
9257 Rev. 12/04
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If you have concerns or complaints about
the HIV counseling and testing program,
please call (877) 249-5155. This is a free call.
YOUR BABY'S HIV
TEST RESULTS ARE
Your doctor can only share your baby’s HIV
information with others who provide health
care for your baby. If your baby’s PCR test
is positive, this will be confidentially
reported to the State Health Department.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.
If you were tested for HIV during your pregnancy
and do not have HIV...
you will get your baby’s HIV test result along with all of the
other newborn screening test results during your baby’s first
doctor visit. Make sure you ask for all your baby’s test results.
If you were tested for HIV during labor OR
your baby was tested at birth...
you will get a preliminary (not final) test result within
12 hours, hopefully while you are still in the hospital.
This test result will help you make choices about breast-
feeding, treatment for your baby, and treatment for your-
self. This preliminary test result must be confirmed.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF MY BABY’S TEST SHOWS HIV?
Soon after your baby
is born, he or she will
be tested for HIV, the
virus that causes