|HIV adoption third world countries
Oct 15, 2001
We are traveling to Ukraine to adopt an infant. Her mother was tested during pregnancy and was positive for HIV.(this was the only test performed) The child was tested several times with what I assume was a standard antibody test all tests came back negative. Is it safe to assume the mother was a false positive? We do not have access to more sophisticated tests while abroad. What do you suggest to ensure the child is really negative. The child is 6 months old now.
Response from Dr. Sullivan
The easiest screen would be an HIV antibody test; if negative then the mother was HIV negative and the child could not be infected from the mother; if the antibody test is positive then you would need to get an HIV DNA PCR test on the child to determine if the child is infected since the antibody test only reflects the mothers status[ you are measuring mothers antibody which was passed from the mother to the baby during pregnancy; JLS.
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