- The Washington Times - Monday, August 23, 2004

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EAST BAY, Calif. — A couple here have filed a lawsuit against Alameda County and several medical providers after learning that their adopted child was infected with HIV.

It was only after her adoption was completed — a year and a half after they began caring for her — that the couple learned that the child they loved was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The newspaper said if the county failed to test for HIV, then it violated protocol that calls for HIV testing when certain risk factors — including the known drug use of the child’s mother — are present. What is clear is that “Baby J,” as she is called in court documents, spent the first three years of her life without receiving treatment, which can be critical to the health of an HIV-infected child. Additionally, her adopted family was unwittingly exposed to the virus.

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