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public health minister Tessa Jowell meets HIV-positive women and their babies at the launch of a government initiative to cut the number of babies born with HIV by 80 per cent by 2002. About 265HIV-infected babies were born in the UK in 1997, at least 50 of them to mothers unaware of their own condition. Health authorities have been set targets to ensure that 50 per cent of mothers take up HIV tests by the end of next year, and that 90 per cent do so by 2002. Ms Jowell launched the initiative at London's King's College Hospital where she also opened the second phase of the Caldicot centre, in the hospital's sexual health department.