Unless a mother opts out...BD 

New Jersey will require doctors to test pregnant women for the AIDS virus, except those who opt out, under a bill signed Wednesday by acting Gov. Richard Codey.

HIV tests will automatically join other blood tests as part of routine prenatal care in New Jersey. They must be performed as early as possible in a pregnancy and again during the third trimester, under the new law.

According to the Kaiser Foundation, a non-profit research organization focusing on U.S. health care, New Jersey will be the first state to seek HIV testing for both pregnant women and newborns.

Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas require health care providers to test mothers for HIV, unless a mother asks not to be tested, while Connecticut, Illinois and New York test all newborns for HIV, according to the foundation.

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