Washington OK'd for Needle-Exchange Programs Washington, D.C., reports having the highest rate of AIDS infection of any major U.S. city. President Bush signs legislation that allows Washington to use local tax money to fund needle-exchange programs.
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Washington OK'd for Needle-Exchange Programs

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Washington OK'd for Needle-Exchange Programs

Washington OK'd for Needle-Exchange Programs

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

D.C. health officials say the ban contributed to city's high rate of HIV and AIDS infections. HIV legislation was also signed into law yesterday in the state of New Jersey. New Jersey is going to make HIV testing a standard component of prenatal care. The bill requires pregnant women to be tested, unless they refuse. Newborns whose mother's HIV status is positive or unknown would also be tested. This law is designed to help stem the infection of new babies. And it makes New Jersey one of several states to require some form of prenatal testing.

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