A European Union policy mandating repeated tests for HIV and hepatitis for couples receiving infertility treatment is not necessary, according to a new study reported by Reuters Health. As with sexual intercourse, in vitro fertilization runs the risk of infecting the fetus or an uninfected mother, but the study found that of 13,700 participants over two years, repeat testing found no new HIV or hepatitis infections. The study authors suggest that restricting repeated tests to couples with specific infection risks, such as unprotected casual sex or IV drug use, will cut back on costs.

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