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AAP wants ALL kids tested for HIV, depression, and have fluoride applied to teeth

 
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AAP wants ALL kids tested for HIV, depression, and have fluoride applied to teeth
In new guidelines, the AAP now wants pediatricians to apply
fluoride to children younger than 6, conduct cholesterol testing on ALL 9/10 year olds, screen ALL kids over 11 yrs for depression, and administer HIV tests to ALL kids 16 and up.

"Also, remember that during the visit, you may be asked to leave the room, not because your opinion is not valued, but it often allows your child to speak more freely about private issues."

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Re: AAP wants ALL kids tested for HIV, depression, and have fluoride applied to teeth
Is this to possible retain DNA from each child subject?
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Re: AAP wants ALL kids tested for HIV, depression, and have fluoride applied to teeth
Possibly.
Most parents of course will just go along with whatever the doctor wants.

Each of these things has concerns:
Fluoride--linked with neurodegeneration and outlawed from the water supply in many countries

Depression--while I think it's worthwhile to screen children who are already presenting symptoms, I don't think docs should be screening each child as though they are depressed. You know the saying...when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail. There's already a problem with docs overprescribing antidepressants to kids. Plus with these mental hygiene laws linked to gun ownership...

HIV--As you mentioned there's the problem of DNA retention. But even more basically, what about the parent's and kid's rights to make their own choices about whether they want to be tested for STD's and even if their behavior warrants it.

cholesterol-- again, this seems like a great way to get more young children hooked up to Big Pharma's designer drugs.

Privacy--If my older teen WANTS private time with the doctor, that's one thing. But, I object to doctors telling me to get out of the room so they can talk privately with my child.
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