New York Hospitals Begin Mandatory HIV Testing of All Newborns

HeadlineFeb 10, 1997

In the first such program in the United States, hospitals in New York have begun open mandatory testing of all newborns for HIV. The state was already conducting anonymous HIV tests on infants for statistical purposes, but, on February 1, hospitals began mandatory disclosure of the results, this according to The New York Times in today’s editions. Under the new policy, hospitals are required to track down and counsel mothers on their HIV status weeks after they leave the hospital.

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