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father +mother hiv + can they healthy baby ?
Nov 16, 2001

father and mother recently diagnosed as hiv positive ,can they have healthy baby?

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

There is always the possibility of transmission of HIV from an infected woman to her baby. However, there are severzal things that HIV positive women can do to decrease the risk of transmission. The risk of transmission can be markedly reduced (but not eliminated) by antiretroviral therapy of moms during pregnancy/delivery and treatment of babies following delivery. Since breastfeeding can be a significant potential source of infection, it is generally recommended that HIV positive women not breastfeed their babies if safe feeding alternatives are available. More details on these and other potential interventions to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission can be found in the Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agnets During Pregnancy, available through the HIVATIS web site (www.HIVATIS.org) or in the Treatment Guidelines section of this web site.


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