With HIV Prevalence Among Women Increasing, More Provinces Encourage Prenatal Testing
Canadian Medical Association Journal. 1998 Jun 2; 158(11): 1518-1519.
Testing of pregnant women for antibodies to HIV remains a thorny medical and ethical issue. On the one side are children who stand to benefit if their mothers' HIV status is determined. On the other is women's right to determine what tests they will receive. A majority of provinces now have counselling programs in place to encourage women to undergo testing. However, testing remains voluntary and informed consent is required before a test is done -- policies that have CMA support.
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