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H.I.V in new born babies

Jan 14, 2007

Hi Dr Ben, A midwife stressed during an educational care for pregnant women that, a new born baby can be free of an H.I.V infection by 2 years if he is treated from birth. how far is this true? thank you.

Expt husby

Response from Dr. Young

Dear Expt Husby,

Babies born to HIV+ women can be HIV negative if the mother- about 30% of such children are HIV negative even without medical intervention. This number drops dramatically if the mother and child have access to HIV medications- less than 1-5% under ideal circumstances.

So, yes, diagnosis and treatment of HIV during pregnancy can reduce the chances that a child born to an HIV+ woman is healthy.

Hope this helps, best of health to you and your family. BY

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