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Recieving HIV/AIDS later in life
Apr 12, 2004

A woman is pregnant and has AIDS and she gives birth to a baby and the baby doesn't have AIDS when she/he is born. Can the baby get AIDS later in life or does the baby get AIDS right at birth?

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

HIV can be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy, at delivery, or after birth through breast feeding. Testing for the virus at birth can tell you whether or not the baby was infected in the womb. If negative, however, we still test the baby after birth (usually at 1-2 months and again at 6 months) to be sure that s/he did not acquire infection during delivery. If an HIV positive woman breastfeeds her infant (which is only recommended if formula feeding is not safe or affordable), the baby should have repeat testing done until a few months after s/he finishes breastfeeding.


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