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Bill would allow faster HIV testing for infants


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Infants in California's child welfare system could be tested and treated sooner for HIV under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.

A measure from Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles would allow social workers to request an HIV test for a child who is under court guardianship and is less than 1 year old.

Social workers now must get permission from a court to have an HIV test administered. Supporters of AB506 say gaining that permission can take months, delaying medical treatment.

Under the bill, a social worker could give consent for an HIV test after providing information on the child's risk of exposure. A doctor must determine that testing is necessary.

The bill passed the Assembly Monday on a 77-0 vote and goes to the Senate.


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Information in this article was accurate in May 7, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.