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children born to infected mother

May 7, 2003

i have heard that there are meds one can take to prevent or reduce the chance of mother passing hiv on to unborn child. any truth? also if it is true, have the children been tested for possible immunity to hiv?

Response from Dr. Young

yes, there are medications that can prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

No surprise, they are called antiretroviral medications. In the state of Colorado, where I work, there have been no infants born to infected mothers (those under care) since the beginning of the HAART era.

Babies don't appear to have any intrinsic immunity to HIV, though they will have some of their mother's antibodies. -BY

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