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May 1996

A Matter of Trust: Mandatory HIV Testing-Reply

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1996;150(5):557. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170300110027

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Drs Laraque and Mitchell rightly emphasize that a woman's own health is a crucial determinant of her infant's health and that acquired immunodeficiency syndrome disproportionately afflicts those who continue to have the most reasons to mistrust the medical and political systems of our country. That mistrust can only deepen if the opportunity to save lives by using zidovudine during pregnancy is squandered. Thus, programs that offer testing for human immunodeficiency virus and appropriate treatment to women during pregnancy, and to both mothers and newborns after delivery, need to be vigorously expanded and promoted.

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