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Kansas considers requiring pregnant women to test for HIV

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An HIV test can help a pregnant woman protect her unborn childA bill was introduced in Kansas that would require doctors to test pregnant women for HIV in the first trimester.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment told the Topeka Capital-Journal that if the legislation passes, the state could save money and lives.

In an effort to convince the state government, officials from KDHE told the house health and human services committee an estimated 4,400 pregnant women are not screened for HIV annually in Kansas, according to the article.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, if early detection of HIV is known in women who are pregnant, antiretrovirals could be given in the first trimester to reduce the transmission rate of the virus to less than 2 percent.

"We could virtually eliminate pediatric AIDS in Kansas and in the U.S.," said Jason Eberhart-Phillips, director of the health division at KDHE.

Women who are pregnant and at risk of having HIV may be interested in anonymous STD testing as a way to determine if their unborn child may need treatment and to ensure their personal privacy.ADNFCR-2248-ID-19081374-ADNFCR

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