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adoption of a baby from a positive mother
Aug 18, 2000

We want to adopt a baby born from a seropositive mother.

what are the tests to do to know if the baby is in good health like AIDS (seronegative), hepatitis, mst...

Response from Dr. Jackson

The type of testing performed will depend on the age of the infant. If the child is 15 months or older, then a standard HIV antibody test, a HCV antibody test, and a HBsAg test will be sufficient to determine whether the child is infected with HIV, Hepatitis C, or Hepatitis B.

If the child is less than 15 months of age and might still have maternal antibodies in the blood, then either an HIV RNA or HIV DNA test should be performed (HIV DNA Test if the infant is on AZT after birth)for HIV infection, HCV RNA for HCV infection, and HBsAg for hepatitis B. Any positive result should be confirmed by a repeat test on a subsequent specimen.

Brooks Jackson, M.D.


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