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Adopting a Ukrainian child who had a HIV-positive mother
May 28, 2005

I am currently in Ukraine looking to adopt a little 19mon girl. Her mother was HIV+. They say she has been tested 3 times and has been negative. The Ped coming with me said that she could do a quick test - what would that be and how accurate. A more accurate test would take one week. I plan on having both tests but need to make a decision yes or no based on quick test. Please help. Thanks!

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post and question.

Of course, a true ELISA test would be more reassuring, but I'd have to think that with three previous negative tests and a current rapid test in your hands that it's unlikely that your child will have HIV. Know that even without any treatments, only about 1 in 3 children born to positive women will acquire the virus. BY



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