Socio-economic aspects of extended STD screening in pregnancy

Maarten Postma, Johannes C Jager, L T de Jong-van den Berg

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    Screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in early pregnancy is included in routine antenatal care for several infectious agents in many western European countries. Pharmaco-economics of these interventions have been evaluated. Currently, reconsideration of anternatal screening is ongoing, with explicit attention given to extending the STD testing to some other infectious agents, such as HIT, and Chlamydia trachomatis (CT). This paper examines the socio-economics of such extensions for the Netherlands and the UK. Based on pharmaco-economic investigations in the UK and the Netherlands, we argue that serious consideration should be given to expanding antenatal STD screening to include universal testing for HIV and CT. Further research should be directed to the economic aspects of paediatric HIV infection and the epidemiology of CT in pregnancy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)731-735
    Number of pages5
    JournalAids care : Psychological and socio-Medical aspects of aids/hiv
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec-2000
    Event3rd European Conference on the Methods and Results of Social and Behavioural Research on AIDS - , Netherlands
    Duration: 13-Feb-200016-Feb-2000


    • Adult
    • Chlamydia Infections
    • Chlamydia trachomatis
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Female
    • Great Britain
    • HIV Infections
    • Health Care Costs
    • Humans
    • Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical
    • Mass Screening
    • Netherlands
    • Pregnancy
    • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious
    • Prenatal Diagnosis
    • Socioeconomic Factors

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