HIV screening for newborns still needed in most states.The biggest bargain in healthcare would be to add HIV testing to state board of health newborn screening newborn screening Neonatology The analysis of a neonate's blood for metabolic or other disorders to prevent mental retardation, disability or death panels. No baby carrying its mother's HIV antibodies should be sent home to nurse its mother, thereby acquiring AIDS from breast milk unnecessarily. The cost of adding the HIV test to the newborn screening panel is so nominal that catching one or two babies a year and preventing that child from acquiring AIDS from its mother's milk could pay for the entire program in some states.
Employers who are becoming increasingly concerned about healthcare costs would do well to help promote routine screening of all newborns to avoid the tragedy of an employee with an AIDS child.
New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of State has completed more than a year of very successful screening of all newborns. Anyone interested in helping their own state institute a screening program can get all the details on the program from the office of the bill's sponsor, New York Councilwoman Nettie Mayersohn. Her address is: Honorable Nettie Mayersohn, 65-01 Fresh Meadow Lane, Flushing, NY 11366; telephone 718-463-1942.
Dr. Martin Kleiman, Ryan White Professor of Pediatrics and director of the pediatric pediatric /pe·di·at·ric/ (pe?de-at´rik) pertaining to the health of children.
Of or relating to pediatrics. infectious disease Infectious disease
A pathological condition spread among biological species. Infectious diseases, although varied in their effects, are always associated with viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, multicellular parasites and aberrant proteins known as prions. department at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, sees almost all of Indiana's AIDS children. He helped work on a baby AIDS bill for Indiana and very much urges the public to provide this safety net for babies. A recent report from Africa has shown that breast feeding breast feeding Pediatrics The provision of a neonate and infant with liquified lacteal products 'on tap'; lactation and BF–≥ 6 months before age 20 is associated with a relative risk of 0. is the most common method of transmitting the AIDS virus AIDS virus
See HIV. from mother to child. For more information about newborn screening panels, please read the article "In Pursuit of the Baby AIDS Bill" in the May/June '98 Saturday Evening Post.
Fortunately, two states, Tennessee and Arkansas, have passed regulations making it routine for all pregnant women to be tested for HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. . This is especially important, since AZT AZT or zidovudine (zīdō`vydēn'), drug used to treat patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS; also called and other drugs, when given early, can prevent the fetus from acquiring HIV. Early intervention during pregnancy is better. However, until it is possible for state legislatures to enact legislation requiring routine testing of pregnant mothers, the safety net with babies is urgently needed.
Employers can get information from Dr. Tom Coburn, U.S. House Representative from Oklahoma, on how to help their state legislatures enact these laws for their pregnant employees. Dr. Coburn's address is: The Canon Building, 429 Canon, Washington, DC 20515.