North Carolina Recommends Requiring recommend requiring HIV tests for all pregnant women in the stateing Among Pregnant Women

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The North Carolina Commission for Public Healthon Wednesday voted to recommend requiring HIV tests for all pregnantwomen in the state immediately before delivery if they have not alreadybeen tested in the third trimester of pregnancy, the AP/Myrtle Beach News & Observerreports. Under current regulations, pregnant women in the state aregiven the option of receiving an HIV test as part of prenatal care.

Theregulation would require women who come to a medical facility todeliver to be tested if their HIV/AIDS status is unknown. Thecommission, which makes rules for medical practitioners in the state,also recommended requiring HIV testing for infants who are brought to amedical facility (AP/Myrtle Beach News & Observer, 8/24). The regulation must be approved by the North Carolina Rules Review Commission,and it is unclear when it would take effect.

"Our goal is to not haveany babies born in our state with HIV infection," state Health DirectorLeah Devlin said, adding, "There is no excuse for it. There are a lotof available medications and other things we can do that can reduce thetransmission to infants, and we need to put in place every tool that wehave to do that" (Quillin, Raleigh News & Observer, 8/25).

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