AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new law says Texas health care providers must test a pregnant woman for the virus that causes AIDS during the last three trimester unless she objects.
Allison Lowery with the Department of State Health Services says the law, which took effect this month, is meant to save children's lives.
Lowery says mothers-to-be generally will be billed for the test, in a cost expected to be covered by insurance or Medicaid.
The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that Texas previously required medical providers to test expectant women for HIV at the first prenatal visit and at the time of birth.
A woman's HIV status can change during her pregnancy. The department reports that, without treatment, one in four pregnant women infected with HIV could transmit the disease to the baby.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman,
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