December #30 : Law and Disorder - by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

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Wild Kingdom

Rx Marijuana

Gender Matters

The Fabulous One



Resistance Gets a Wellcome

Name in Vain

Go Figure

Like Butt-ah

An Aye for an Eye

To Russia Without Love

The Odd Couple

Secondhand Dose

Law and Disorder

AIDS in 2003

Catholic Cleanup

Until the Cure

Say What--December 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Chaka Treatment

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Brace Yourself

All That Jazz

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Bill of Health

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Don't Mess With Mama

All Yesterday's Parties

The Light Burns Out

Peace of My Heart

Swing Your Partner

Once Upon a Lazarus

The Grim Reefer

In Case of Emergency

A DJ Saved My Life

Sweetness and Blight

"The First Cure"

Breaks for the Aches

Fishing for Supplements

When HIV Drugs Fail

Mary Fisher Gets Mad

Music Is Medicine

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 1997

Law and Disorder

by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

Inside the mandatory-testing lawsuit

New York's HIV Law Project seized upon a local woman's tragedy as a tabloid example of how the state's forced HIV testing of newborns and their mothers can backfire. According to Chris Cynn, the organization's reproductive-rights project coordinator, the latest plaintiff in its suit challenging the provision got a cold call from the hospital six weeks after giving birth, informing her taht both she and her baby tested positive for HIV. During a follow-up home visit, a nurse clumsily revealed the woman's test result to her unsuspecting husband; this resulted in domestic violence against the woman. Cynn added that the hospital's prenatal instruction encouraged the woman to breastfeed, but did not inform her about HIV risk factors. "She was supposed to get counseling about HIV and prenatal care. This never happened," Cynn said. "The hospital failed to implement its own regulations."

The suit against New York state and Bronx Lebanon Lincoln and Elmhurst hospitals alleges that forced testing violates the constitutional rights of women and their children. At presstime, a court date had not been set. Currently New York state forces not only mothers and their infants but also prisoners to get tested for HIV.

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