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TOPWA

HIV/AIDS

Florida Administrative Code 64D-3.042 STD Testing Related to Pregnancy.

 1.Practitioners attending a woman for prenatal care shall cause the woman to be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis as follows:

 (a) At initial examination related to her current pregnancy; and again

 (b) At 28 to 32 weeks gestation.

2. Exceptions to the testing outlined in subsection (1) above are as follows: 

 (a) A woman, who tested positive for hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg) during the initial examination related to her current pregnancy, need not be re-tested at 28-32 weeks gestation.

 (b) A woman, with documentation of HIV infection or AIDS need not be re-tested during the current pregnancy.

3. Women who appear at delivery or within 30 days postpartum with:

 (a) No record of prenatal care; or

 (b) Prenatal care with no record of testing;

 (c) Prenatal care with no record of testing after the 27th week of gestation shall be considered at a high risk for sexually transmissible diseases and shall be tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), HIV and syphilis prior to discharge.

To read the full rule visit: Florida Adminstrative Code & Register

Women and Children:
The Perinatal HIV Program
Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA)

Targeted Outreach for Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA) was created in 1999 to reach  HIV-infected pregnant women or high risk pregnant women who are not receiving services. The TOPWA programs assist under-served women in accessing the medical or social services needed to lower their risk of HIV infection or substance abuse.  TOPWA outreach workers go into untraditional venues/locations  in high risk communities to identify and enroll HIV-infected or substance-abusing pregnant who have not yet accessed adequate care and treatment.

There are seven funded TOPWA programs located in Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach and St Lucie counties.  Services offered by TOPWA are geared toward women of childbearing ages in an effort to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies.  Any pregnant substance-abusing, HIV-infected or woman at risk of acquiring HIV are eligible to receive TOPWA services.  In addition to accessing prenatal care, pregnant women enrolled in TOPWA can receive assistance with HIV testing, enrollment in ADAP or Medicaid, family planning services and receive HIV prevention and education.

For more information on Florida's perinatal HIV prevention program, please contact Prevention Program, HIV/AIDS Section.

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For more information on Florida's perinatal HIV prevention program,
please contact Prevention Program, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Section.