Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Health and Wellness
Sport and Human Dynamics
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Other Public Health | Public Affairs | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Public Policy | Women's Health
Every year, in the United States, between 100-200 babies are infected prenatally with HIV. With the use of antiretroviral medications, elective cesarean section and formula feeding, the risk of vertical transmission can be reduced to less than 2%. In this paper I analyzed whether or not state governments should mandate HIV testing for all pregnant women in order to reduce vertical transmission of HIV. By looking at the cases for and against mandatory testing, as well as looking at states such as Connecticut who have implemented mandatory testing, I will present the case for why the benefit of mandatory testing outweighs the potential harm that could be inflicted as a result.
Beaudette, Abigail C., "Mandatory HIV Testing During Pregnancy: A Review of Its Considerations, Ethics & Precedents" (2011). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 285.
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