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mother to child transmission
Aug 31, 2011

can a HIV pos couple have a HIV neg baby? your reply is yes> how does this happen> doesn't the baby get the virus whilst in the womb with all body fluids present and even at conception? are you saying that the ARV's taken during pregnancy and at labour can kill the virus?.

Response from Dr. Henry

If the mother is on an effective HIV regimen that has reduced HIV levels in the blood to very low levels (preferably under 50 copies/ml) then risk for baby to be born with HIV infection is generally less than 1% (risk to baby is related to exposure to mother's blood during labor so if HIV levels very low due to HIV treatment then risk to baby is low). KH



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