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Baby to be tested for HIV against parents' wishes

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:658
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A High Court judge in London gave the go ahead last week for a 4 month old baby to be tested for HIV against her parents' wishes. Camden Council's social services department in north London sought the court's permission to test the baby, whose mother is infected with HIV and who is breast feeding her.

    The council, which was backed in its action by the Official Solicitor who represented the interests of the child, hopes to dissuade the mother from continuing to breast feed if the baby …

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