MEDIA: What The Papers Say - HIV tests offer fertile pickings for editorials

Launching an initiative involving two of the most emotive areas of healthcare was never going to be a quiet affair, and last week’s announcement that HIV tests would be offered to pregnant mothers prompted a predictably loud response from childbirth and Aids charities.

Launching an initiative involving two of the most emotive areas of

healthcare was never going to be a quiet affair, and last week’s

announcement that HIV tests would be offered to pregnant mothers

prompted a predictably loud response from childbirth and Aids

charities.



While most extended a cautious welcome to the scheme, concerns that

testing could increase abortions, lead to insurance problems, and should

remain voluntary featured in almost every article.



The initiative received the thumbs-up from editorial writers, who

believed it would reduce the stigma of Aids tests, although the News of

the World was alone in its call for compulsory testing. ’We’ve been so

lily-livered about testing in this Third World health state that 552

babies have already been condemned to develop Aids,’ it shrieked

(15/8/99).



While opinion was divided over the merits of blanket versus targeted

testing, the benefits to the health of both mother and child were amply

highlighted and formed the backbone of reporting.



Evaluation supplied by Echo Research. Cuttings supplied by Broadcast

Monitoring Company. This article can also be found at

www.echoResearch.com.



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