|Can baby That is positive infect adoptive parents .
Aug 5, 2006
We are adopting a baby that is H.I.V positive . Can we get it through careing for her? We have had her from birth.She is 8 months old . Should we be tested ? Can you give us some tips on what to do for our safty and hers too. We dont know very much about Hiv and aids. Thanks so much. Kim and Rod
Response from Dr. Daar
Hi Kim and Rod, HIV is only transmitted by a few routes. In particular it is when fluids with virus (mostly blood, genital secretions of men and women, and breast milk) come in contact with either breaks in the skin or mucous membranes (eye, mouth, anal or vaginal area). The other major route of transmission is from an HIV-infected pregnant women to her newborn. Based upon this you should not need to worry about getting infected from anyone that you have not had intimate exposure to genital secretions, breast milk or to blood. There is a great deal of experience with household contacts of people with HIV and short of the exposures outlined above, or rare cases from sharing toothbrushes or razors, transmission has not occurred.
I encourage you to discuss all of your concerns with a local HIV specialist as well as the baby's HIV provider to make sure all of your questions are answered.
Congratulations on your new baby. Enjoy!!
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