CHILD WITH HIV DIES IN ST. PETERSBURG WHOSE PARENTS REFUSED TREATMENT ON BASIS OF RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS
Interfax-Religiia, 30 August 2017
An HIV-infected teenage girl died in St. Petersburg after her parents refused treatment for a long time on the basis of religious convictions.
"The child died," Interfax was told in the city Center for Prevention and Combating AIDS and Infectious Diseases on Wednesday, responding to a question about the condition of the HIV-infected teen, for whom her parents prohibited therapy for religious reasons.
The news agency's source added that he cannot report the cause of death and age of the child because of medical confidentiality.
Interfax does not yet have comments on the part of the prosecutor's office and the head physician of the Center for Prevention and Combating AIDS and Infectious Diseases.
Earlier city news media reported that more than a year ago, doctors turned to a court with a request to force the parents to treat the child for HIV-infection and to assure her regular clinical examination. The court granted these requests but, according to news media, her parents did not start treatment. (tr. by PDS, posted 30 August 2017)
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