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Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Bill on HIV Testing of Newborns Gains

May 01, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

House and Senate conferees agreed on a measure that could lead to mandatory testing of newborns for the AIDS virus. But such testing would be contingent upon how the medical profession chooses to deal with pregnant mothers and HIV and the success of efforts to combat the spread of the virus. The agreement requires the secretary of Health and Human Services to determine two years from now if mandatory testing of newborns has become a standard medical practice.

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