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Is HIV hereditary?
Dec 19, 2003

I'm just wondering if it is possible for HIV to be hereditary, for example: if the grandmother is HIV+, but the mother did not contract the disease, is it possible that the granddaughter could be HIV+?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

No, HIV is not like blond hair, blue eyes, or big boobs. (You wouldn't happen to have at least two out of those three now would you?? ... just kidding. HIV cannot skip a generation. If Mom does not have HIV, she cannot possibly transmit it to her offspring.

Happy Holidays.

Dr. Bob



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