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Couple hounded by hospital for not allowing baby to be tested for HIV

A couple were reported to social services for refusing to let hospital staff test their nine-week-old baby for HIV.

…They say their nightmare began when a consultant was carrying out a blood test on Jean in A&E. As the consultant handed the needle to a nurse she accidentally pricked the nurse’s skin.

Mrs Celliers,  35, said: ‘We offered to be tested instead, whatever we have Jean would  have, but they declined.

…Then two social workers arrived at the couple’s home. The couple were told the surprise visit was due to a referral from St Peter’s because they had ‘refused medical advice … regarding a very young baby’. 

Under the orthodox view, why not just test if the nurse is HIV+ first? If negative then the couple need not be hounded.

[Source: Daily Mail]

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