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Kids out of woods???
Apr 7, 2002

I have just been diagnosed with AIDS with cd4 level of 30 and vl of 100,000. I am not sure when I acquired the virus exactly. My children, 8 and 4 have tested negative. Is it safe to assume that I contracted the virus within the last 4 years since my children are negative? Also, with my counts the way they are, is this a rather fast progression if I have in fact contracted the virus after the birth of my last child? Do you think my kids need additional testing? Is there any way I could have contracted the virus before they were born and they just didn't get the virus?

Response from Dr. Aberg

I suspect that you have had HIV for at least 5 years but HIV can be quite progressive in some individuals. The risk of transmitting HIV to a baby is not 100 percent so the fact that neither one of your children has HIV doesn't surprise me nor does it help me figure out when you acquired HIV. I think when and who you acquired HIV from at this point is irrelevant. I know it is really frustrating not to know but dwelling on this only hurts your mental health. If your children are HIV negative now, there is no reason to re-test them. You did not transmit HIV to either one of them.

I hope that you are in care. There are many therapies available and hopefully your CD4 count will come up and your HIV viral load will become undetectable soon. Take care.


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