Sanctioned: November 27, 2001.
Enacted: January 7, 2002.
The Senate and Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Nation assembled in Congress, etc. sanction with force of Law:ARTICLE 1 Obligation to offer the diagnostic test of the human immunodeficiency virus to any pregnant woman as part of normal prenatal care. ARTICLE 2 Public medical-care facilities, social security and prepaid medical institutions should recognize the diagnostic test in their coverage. Article 3 Express and previously informed consent of pregnant women will be required to perform the diagnostic test. Both the patient ' s consent and the patient ' s refusal to perform the diagnostic test should be in writing with the signature of the patient and the treating doctor. ARTICLE 4 The prior informed consent will deal with the different aspects of the diagnostic test, the possibility or not of developing the disease, and if positive, the implications of the application of the treatment and the non-applicability of the treatment for both the mother and the unborn child. The professional and the establishment shall be jointly responsible for the confidentiality of the procedure, as well as the quality of the information received by the pregnant woman in order to give her consent with a full knowledge of the analysis provided to her, and the guarantee of the provision of the medicines used according to the existing protocols. ARTICLE 5o The care facilities should have an interdisciplinary team to contain and advise patients and their family environment during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum if the diagnostic test is positive. ARTICLE 6 The Ministry of Health of the Nation and the relevant health agencies in each jurisdiction are the authority to implement this law. ARTICLE 7 Contact the Executive.
DADA IN THE SESSION OF THE ARGENTINE CONGRESS, IN GOOD AIRES, TO SEE DAYS OF THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER OF THE YEAR DOS MIL UNO.
PASCUAL RAFAEL. . MARIO A. LOSADA. . Roberto C. Marafioti. . Juan C. Oyarzún.