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early detection of hiv in mother & child
Jun 6, 2001

how early we detect mother to child hiv transmission & by which method?

Response from Dr. Jackson

If a baby becomes infected during the pregnancy, then they will test positive at birth by HIV DNA PCR or HIV RNA PCR.

If infected around the time of labor and delivery, then they will typically test positive within 2 weeks by HIV DNA or RNA PCR. The HIV DNA PCR test is probably more sensitive if the baby is on antiretroviral prophylaxis. After 15 months of age the HIV antibody test can be reliably used for detection of HIV infection in children.

BJ


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