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
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).
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