4. a. The Commissioner of Health shall require each birthing facility in the State to administer to a newborn in its care a test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) if the HIV status of the mother of the newborn is unknown.
A newborn shall not be denied testing for HIV on the basis of the newborn's economic status.
b.The commissioner shall establish a comprehensive program for the follow-up testing of newborns who test positive for HIV pursuant to subsection a. of this section or whose mother is HIV-positive, which shall include, but not be limited to, procedures for the administration of HIV testing, counseling of the newborn's mother, tracking the newborn, disclosure of HIV test results to the mother, facility compliance reviews, and educational activities related to the HIV testing.
c.The provisions of this section shall not apply to a newborn whose parents object to the test as being in conflict with their religious tenets and practices. The parents shall provide the health care facility with a written statement of the objection, and the statement shall be included in the newborn's medical record.
d.As used in this section, "birthing facility" means an inpatient or ambulatory health care facility licensed by the Department of Health that provides birthing and newborn care services.
e.The Commissioner of Health shall adopt rules and regulations, pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), necessary to carry out the purposes of this section.
L.2007, c.218, s.4; amended 2012, c.17, s.118.