In the past, HIV screening for non-pregnant women usually was based on risk. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) now recommends that HIV screening be a part of routine gynecologic care and that all women aged 13–64 be tested at least once, with targeted screening for women with risk factors outside of that age range, such as sexually active adolescents. Ideally, opt-out screening should be used, where the patient is notified that HIV testing will be performed as a routine part of gynecologic and obstetric care unless she declines testing.
Below you will find College guidance on routine HIV screening as a component of gynecologic care; the impact of HIV on women of color; and ethical aspects of HIV testing.
Routine Human Immunodeficiency Virus Screening includes recommendations for routine HIV screening as a component of gynecologic care.
Assessments and Recommendations are for women based on age and risk factors, which should serve as a guide for obstetrician-gynecologists and others providing health care for women.