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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    DSHS strives to respond to all email requests in a timely manner. It is important to note, however, that messages that you send to us by email may not be secure and may be intercepted by a third party. Therefore, we recommend that you do not send any confidential health information to us by email.

Diagnostic Testing and Pregnancy in Texas

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HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B Testing for Pregnant Women in Texas

Testing and PregnancyClinicians in Texas, including physicians or any other person permitted to attend to a pregnant woman, must test every pregnant woman under their care for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B unless she objects. The tests must take place during the pregnant woman's first prenatal visit and at delivery.

Effective January 1, 2010, the woman must be tested for HIV during her third trimester unless she objects. If there is no record of her test result from the third trimester, then the woman must be tested at delivery unless she objects The law also provides for expedited testing of the mother and newborn at delivery. To learn more, please read HIV, Syphilis and HBV Testing and Pregnancy: State Requirements for Texas Clinicians (PDF : 156 kb).

Provider Resources

Testing During Pregnancy [Texas Legislature] - Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

Informed Consent [Texas Legislature] - Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

General Consent [Texas Legislature] - Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

Counseling Required For Positive Test Results [Texas Legislature] - Statutory reference from Texas Health and Safety Code

DSHS Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program

Mother-to-Child (Perinatal) HIV Transmission and Prevention (PDF : 44 kb) - DSHS Fact Sheet (English)

Partner Notification Information for Providers (PDF : 291 kb) - DSHS Provider Brochure (English)

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) [FDA] - CLIA information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

New drug regimens cut HIV spread from mother to infant [NIH]

Patient Resources

10 Questions About Pregnancy and HIV (PDF : 213 kb) (Patient information in English)

10 Preguntas Sobre el Embarazo y el VIH (PDF : 213 kb) (Patient information in Spanish)

Hepatitis B Vaccine can save Your Baby's Life (PDF : 831 kb) (Patient Information in English) - Available online and through the DSHS Warehouse, Stock # 11-11444

La vacuna contra la hepatitis B puede salvarle la vida a su bebe (PDF : 835 kb) (Patient information in Spanish) - Available online and through the DSHS Warehouse, Stock # 11-11444a

211 Texas [211 Texas] - Find an HIV/STD service provider in Texas.

HIVTEST.ORG [HIVTest.org] - HIV and STD testing resources.

The Perinatal Hotline (1-888-448-8765) is a free 24 hour clinical consultation and advice on treating HIV-infected pregnant women and their infants. The hotline also provides guidance on test results.


Last updated January 03, 2013