24
Aug
07

Requiring HIV tests for pregnant women

NewsObserver.com reports that North Carolina is considering a moved that will require all pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy to be tested for HIV if they have not already been tested.  Newborns who are brought into medical facilities for whom HIV status is not known will also be tested under the proposed plan.

In South Africa researchers have called for a debate on mandatory HIV testing for pregnant women and newborn children.  An article in the American Journal of Public Health by two former University of the Witwatersrand bioethicists says that between 11 000 and 15 000 babies could be protected against HIV each year if there were a 25% increase in the number of pregnant women tested for the virus.  Click here for more info.

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1 Response to “Requiring HIV tests for pregnant women”


  1. 1 Idetrorce
    December 15, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce


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