Effective July 1, 2008, Maryland law has modified the HIV testing process in the areas of:
For more detailed description, please view the PRACTICE ADVISORY FOR HIV TESTING PROCESS IN MARYLAND.
It is important to note that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines on HIV testing in healthcare settings, those recommendations do not supersede Maryland law and regulations. If there is any incongruence between CDC’s recommendations and Maryland law, State law must be followed.
Please visit the Maryland Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration website for more information on the Legislation.
The Maryland HIV/AIDS Reporting Act passed by the General Assembly enacts the following five changes:
A University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital-based AIDS Education & Training Centers clinical resource for health care professionals. For more information please visit their website.
The National Clinicians’ Consultation Center offers three hotlines for health care professionals.
Perinatal HIV Hotline: 888-448-8765
Up to date information about HIV/AIDS prevention including current CDC guidelines and recommendations for the detection, treatment, and care of HIV/AIDS. For more information please visit their website.
The morbidity reporting form used by physicians, healthcare institutions, and other services providers to report all communicable diseases (DHMH Form 1140) was changed to add HIV, along with AIDS, as a reportable condition; each case report should be submitted by the provider to the local health officer within 48 hours. Physician Toolkit: Changes in HIV/AIDS Reporting Requirements
In past years, an estimated 92% of AIDS cases reported among children less than 13 years old in the US, were attributed to perinatal or mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Transmission can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding. Recent reductions in perinatal transmission are attributed to routine screening of pregnant women to identify those infected with HIV and the use of anti-retroviral drugs for treatment and prophylaxis. Rates of HIV transmission from an infected mother to her infant have been reduced to less than 2%, compared to 25%-30% with no interventions. The Baltimore Regional Perinatal Advisory Group (RPAG) works to optimize the health of pregnant women and newborn infants in the Baltimore region through education, advocacy and information sharing. RPAG has developed “Preventing Perinatal HIV Transmission: A Clinician’s Toolkit for Testing Counseling and Referral.”
New regulations were approved in December 2009, following the enactment of the 2008 HIV/AIDS legislation aimed at reducing barriers to HIV testing in Maryland. A toolkit was developed by the Center in collaboration with the Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration, DHMH, which includes the latest information regarding HIV counseling, testing, and referral requirements in Maryland. Click here to download Perinatal HIV Toolkit.
For more information on HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing in Maryland, please contact:
Erin Johnson Patton , MPH, CHES
Phone: 410-539-0872 or 800-492-1056, ext. 3342