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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Forced H.I.V. Testing
Saah, Alfred J.
July 2, 1996
New York Times (07/02/96) P. A14

The American Medical Association's support for mandatory HIV testing of pregnant women is "shameful," says Dr. Alfred J. Saah, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, in a letter to the editor appearing in the New York Times. Saah criticizes the policy because it does not include mandatory treatment, which is the only way to prevent transmission to newborns. He argues that mandatory testing, without universal health care, only creates an obstacle to prenatal care in poor communities, where HIV is prevalent.