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
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.