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both parents are hiv+
Feb 7, 2001

My question is, well there is two parts to this question, if both parents are + and the mother is pregnant what are the babys chances of not being + also, and the other question is if the father is hiv+ and the mother is full blown aids what are the babys chances of not being +? thank you N Morris

Response from Dr. Jackson

The father's HIV status does not appear to have much effect on HIV transmission from mother to infant. If the mother is HIV+ and she is not on antiretroviral therapy, then the risk is about 25% the baby will be infected. The risk will be even higher if the mother breast feeds or has AIDS. If a pregnant women takes combination therapy during pregnancy then the risk typically drops to 5% or less.

BJ


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