Antenatal virology screening

Antenatal screening, excluding cases with rash or rash contact in pregnancy.

Samples Tests Pathogens covered Comments

Clotted blood (gold cap, 5 mL tube).


HIV antigen/antibody (if consent taken & requested)

Hepatitis B surface antigen "HBsAg" (if requested)

Syphilis antibody (if requested)




If there is no rash contact in pregnancy, no need to test for varicella zoster virus (VZV) & B19.

If there is no specific clinical indication, no need to test for CMV & toxoplasma.

Turnaround time

see virology and microbiological serology turnaround times


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext. 64627