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mother to child HIV transmission
Oct 1, 2013

how does the umbilical cord enable easy transmission of the HIV to a baby from the mother during deliery

Response from Dr. Henry

Transmission of HIV from HIV-infected mother to baby is related to exposure of the baby to the mothers's blood. If the mother is on HIV treatment and has achieved undetectable HIV levels then the exposure to HIV is minimal with low risk for HIV transmission. If mother is not on treatment the risk for transmission is related to level of HIV in mother's blood and extent of blood exposure (that is why a c-section in that setting decreases the risk). The umbilical cord is not a major factor in this process overall. KH



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