Court Ends Parental Rights In HIV-Positive Baby Case

Nov 17, 2015

Pointing to "egregious" conduct, a South Florida appeals court Thursday terminated the parental rights of a father who failed to properly care for a baby born with HIV.

The Broward County case stemmed from the December 2012 premature birth of a baby, identified in court documents by the initials Z.S., who tested positive for HIV at birth, according to the ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal.

The child's parents were advised about the importance of the baby girl receiving medications and gaining weight.

Jesse Dixon walks up to a woman by the Coalition for the Homeless and offers her a pack of condoms. She got some from the health department, she says, and is trying to sell them.

“Well let me give you some more, then, you might want to sell them to somebody that can use them,” said Dixon, a health educator with the nonprofit Hope and Help.  “Help save somebody’s life, whether you make a dollar or not.”

President Barack Obama is unveiling an updated national strategy Thursday to combat the HIV and AIDS epidemic that could have a big impact in Florida, which leads the nation in new HIV infections.

The White House unveiled the first national HIV plan in 2010, with ambitious, measurable goals: reduce new HIV diagnoses, increase the number of youth with an undetectable HIV viral load, and reduce the death rate from AIDS.

There’s been positive progress on all those, and there’s been a drop in the number of women, heterosexuals and IV-drug users contracting the disease.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV Surveillance Report ranks the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area 16th in the nation in 2013 when it comes to the number of new cases of HIV.  We’ll explore what’s behind the area’s startling increase in HIV infections, the scope and status of HIV/AIDS treatment options in Southwest Florida and public education outreach efforts encouraging prevention and targeting at-risk communities.

A new Florida law kicking in today makes getting an HIV test easier. Doctors no longer need written consent to give patients an HIV test in health care settings, like doctor’s offices and hospitals.

The law could have a big impact in Florida, which has more new HIV infections than anywhere else in the country.