Bill would allow faster HIV testing for infants

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Infants in California’s child welfare system could be tested and treated sooner for HIV under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.

A measure from Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles would allow social workers to request an HIV test for a child who is under court guardianship and is less than 1 year old.

Social workers now must get permission from a court to have an HIV test administered. Supporters of AB506 say gaining that permission can take months, delaying medical treatment.

Under the bill, a social worker could give consent for an HIV test after providing information on the child’s risk of exposure. A doctor must determine that testing is necessary.

The bill passed the Assembly Monday on a 77-0 vote and goes to the Senate.

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