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Cord Blood Banking
Aug 28, 2004

Hello,

Is it possible to save a baby's cord for blood banking if the mother is HIV positive and at the time of delivery, the vl is undetectable? Also, do you think saving the cord will come be of great use to hiv+ individuals in the future?

Thanks for your answer!!!!!

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

It would be possible to bank your baby's cord blood. At this point, the potential benefit of cord blood banking would be the availability of blood/stem cells should your child ever acquire a condition that requires transplantation. However, if your blood viral load is undetectable and you are on antivirals, the risk of HIV transmission to your baby is under 1% and most other serious illnesses (e.g., leukemia) are also very rare. We also do not have much experience regarding how long the cryopreserved material is good for. The procedure is expensive and at this point, you need to balance these considerations with the low likelihood that your child will need to use the cord blood.


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