Mandatory HIV Testing in Newborns: Not Yet, Maybe Never
Journal of Clinical Ethics
HIV testing, AIDS, HIV/AIDS, newborns
As I understand the issue before us in "The Ethics of Mandatory HIV Testing in Newborns": (JCE 7, no. 1), the problem presented is one of (qualified) success. It is now possible to provide some medical interventions to fetuses and newborns at risk for HIV, interventions that hold out the hope of substantially decreasing the rate of vertical transmission. But with the good news comes the bad: this success may come at the price of putting yet additional burdens on pregnant women and mothers infected with HIV.
Dena S. Davis, Mandatory HIV Testing in Newborns: Not Yet, Maybe Never, 7 Journal of Clinical Ethics 191 (Summer 1996)