TITLE

Mandatory HIV Testing of Infants and Rates of Follow-Up Care

AUTHOR(S)
Wilson, Tracey E.; Minkoff, Howard
PUB. DATE
October 1999
SOURCE
American Journal of Public Health;Oct99, Vol. 89 Issue 10, p1583
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article describes a study concerning the mandatory HIV testing of infants and the rates of follow-up care in New York. In New York, legislation was passed in response to findings demonstrating reduced vertical transmission of HIV with the administration of zidovudine in the prepartum, antepartum and postpartum periods. The legislation would reveal the results of previously anonymous HIV serosurveys of newborns. The study assessed the validity of the concern that, given that mandatory testing abrogates a mother's choice, it is possible that women who do not wish to learn their serostatus might be deterred from seeking infant care in settings where HTV test results are given.
ACCESSION #
2333196

 

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