Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics vol:252 issue:4 pages:161-7
In anticipation of systematic prenatal screening at the antenatal clinic of Gasthuisberg University Hospital, Leuven, Belgium, the attitude of 500 successive pregnant women towards testing for rubella, toxoplasmosis, hepatitis B virus, HIV and syphilis was studied by means of written questionnaires. All tests were well accepted, toxoplasmosis and rubella being most (92 and 91%), syphilis and HIV being least (79 and 82%) favoured. Refusal was generally associated with lower education, but refusal for syphilis and HIV was associated with high education. Ninety-four percent wanted to be informed of the results of the tests. Only one woman (0.2%) of those who agreed with testing did not want to know her HIV test result. Pregnant doctors were more reluctant about screening, in particular for sexually transmitted diseases, whereas nurses were in favour of it. Written information failed to increase the acceptance rate, but lowered the number of women without an opinion.