Why have a HIV blood test?
Without treatment when a women has HIV, the virus can pass to others, including her baby, during pregnancy, birth or through breastmilk.
If you find out that you have HIV before your baby is born, you can have treatment that will reduce the chance of HIV being passed to your baby.
Women who are found to have HIV will be offered treatment and support to stay well.
The Ministry of Health strongly recommends all pregnant women have a HIV test.
For further information about HIV, see the Ministry of Health's website.