It is worthwhile reconsidering the debate on mandatory or voluntary testing for HIV antibody among women of childbearing age, in the light of recent virological and therapeutic discoveries that have altered the parameters of the issue.
The therapeutic possibilities of reducing the risk of transmission for women confirmed as seropositive are an incontestable benefit for anyone who is aware of her serological status ; the fact of being able to detect real infection at birth could mean that causing unnecessary distress to the antibody positive but uninfected newborn infant is avoided.
Medical professionals now have convincing arguments to persuade women at risk to accept the test when it is offered.
But, in any case, the voluntary nature of the decision for testing must be respected.
Mots-clés Pascal : Dépistage, Séropositivité, Femme, Ethique, Facteur risque, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Medical screening, Seropositivity, Woman, Ethics, Risk factor, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0049756
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 01/03/1996.