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Pretesting counseling conversation guide for healthcare providers for asymptomatic pregnant women with exposure to areas with a CDC Zika travel notice
  • Published Date:
    May 4, 2017
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  • Description:
    This guide describes recommendations for pretest counseling for asymptomatic pregnant women living in an area with a CDC Zika travel notice, as well as those who previously lived in, had an extended stay, or frequently travel to an area with a CDC Zika travel notice before or during their pregnancy. For pregnant women who live in or frequently travel to these areas who do not have symptoms of Zika, CDC recommends testing at the start of prenatal care and throughout pregnancy, unless they have a positive test. For those who have symptoms, testing is recommended at the time of symptom onset.

    This material includes sample scripts to guide discussions with your patients about the complexity of Zika testing and the testing process. Because a lot of content is outlined for discussion, consider providing the complementary information sheet to support messaging and ensure that patients understand what they are being told.

    Pregnant women coming in for Zika testing may feel worried or anxious. Support them by providing clear and easy to understand information, avoiding technical terms, and expressing empathy by acknowledging their concerns and feelings during pretesting counseling



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