New Jersey: Historic HIV Bill Moves Closer to Law
December 17, 2007
On Thursday, the state Assembly voted 77-3 for a bill that would make HIV testing part of routine prenatal health care. Under A-4218, HIV tests would be performed in the first and third trimesters unless the woman specifically declines. The legislation would also mandate HIV testing of the newborn if the mother's HIV status is unknown. Assembly member John McKeon (D-Essex), a sponsor, said the bill puts New Jersey "in the vanguard of HIV prevention." The measure, which gained unanimous approval in the Senate in June, awaits Gov. Jon Corzine's signature to become law.