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Hiv-Positive Babies

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by year for the last five years and by regional health authority the number of babies that have had blood samples taken and been found to be HIV positive.

The table shows the annual national totals reported to the communicable disease surveillance centre. In line with the procedure followed in reports under the AIDS (Control) Act, and to safeguard confidentiality actual figures in the range of one to nine diagnosed in individual regional health authorities are not published.

Reported HIV antibody positive persons aged less than one year1
1 It should be noted that a positive test from a newborn baby indicates that the mother is infected but whether or not the baby is infected cannot be confirmed by antibody tests for some months.