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Can a person be born with Hiv or aids
Apr 11, 2005

Hello...Can a person be born with hiv or aids if their mother or father has its?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Yes. An HIV-infected pregnant mother could potentially pass the virus on to her unborn child during pregnancy, labor or childbirth. Medications are available to drastically reduce this risk. HIV can also be transmitted to infants if an HIV-positive mom breastfeeds her infant.

Regarding HIV-poz dads, the answer is indirectly yes. A positive dad could infect the mom during sex and subsequently mom could pass the infection on to the unborn child.

Dr. Bob



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