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Feb 15, 2002

How do children get AIDS?

Response from Dr. Henry

The vast majority of children with HIV infection were infected in utero or during labor from their HIV infected mother. Children also get infected from breasting from there HIV infected mother. In regions of the world with unsanitary reuse of needles, children can get infected from injections. Similarly, in regions of the world where the blood supply is not tested for HIV, children can get infected from blood tranfusions. In the years before HIV testing was available, many hemophiliacs got HIV infected from receiving factor VIII injections. Children also have been infected when they are sexually abused by HIV infected adults. KH

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