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Hiv antibodies in newborns
Oct 28, 2001

Do all newborns have HIV antibodies present if the mother is HIV positive? Is it possible for a baby tested right after birth appear to not have been exposed to HIV if the mother is infected with HIV?

Response from Dr. Jackson

If the mother is HIV antibody positive, then the baby will also be antibody positive because the mother's antibodies cross the placenta to the newborn. It is possible for the mother to have just been HIV infected and not have developed HIV antibody yet in which case it may be possible for the baby to also be infected, but not have developed antibody to HIV yet.


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