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Pregnancy
Mar 26, 2011

IS it possible for a baby to be born with a positive result If the mother had tested negative?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

No. Mother-to-child HIV transmissions (during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding) can only occur if the mother is HIV infected.

The only way an HIV-positive baby could be born to a mother who tested HIV negative would be if the mother's negative test wasn't accurate (i.e., she had had a "false negative" test) or she was tested during her "window period" (HIV infected but not yet producing detectable levels of anti-HIV antibodies).

Dr. Bob



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