Romanian Parents Failing To Inform HIV-Positive Children of Their Status, Lancet Article Says
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- "Romanian Parents Keep HIV a Secret From Infected Children," Lancet: In the article, Adrian Streinu-Cercel, co-chair of the Romanian Health Ministry's committee that tackles HIV/AIDS, says that of the roughly 6,000 children in the country who contracted HIV through blood transfusions as toddlers, more than 20% are unaware that they are HIV-positive. A law prevents doctors in the country from telling minors of their medical conditions without parental consent. The Romanian government now is encouraging parents to inform their children of their status (Ionescu, Lancet, 5/13).