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Mr. DKY
May 26, 2005

I'am HIV positive and i have 12 months son, and when he was born, the doctor gave a western blot test and the result is positive. But after the birth until now, we have already gave another test for the viral load arround 3 times test, and the result is undetected. Did my son is infected with HIV ?

Response from Dr. Sullivan

Babies born to HIV infected mothers are always HIV antibody positive because mothers antibodies[ including HIV antibodies] are transported across the placenta to the baby; these antibodies protect the baby from infections with bacteria and viruses in the first months after birth; mothers antibodies dont completely disappear from the baby till about 18 months of age; the most sensitive way to diagnose an infected infant is by testing for HIV DNA or RNA[viral load]; if your child has been tested 3 times for HIV RNA and these tests were negative he is not infected; JLS.


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