Health Commission Urges HIV Testing For All Pregnant Women

Health officials are suggesting that all pregnant women in North Carolina be tested for the virus that causes AIDS.

The North Carolina Commission for Public Health voted this week to recommend requiring the tests for all women who are about to deliver their babies. Women who come to a medical facility to deliver would be tested if their HIV/AIDS status is unknown.

The commission also recommended testing be required on newborns brought to a medical facility.

Officials say an HIV-positive mother can transfer the virus to her child during birth, so testing a woman even just before she delivers her baby could help.

Mothers are currently offered HIV/AIDS testing as a part of prenatal care, but it is not required.