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Adoption With Children With Hiv

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More Families Are Adopting HIV-Positive Children

The number of U.S. parents who have adopted or are considering adopting a child with HIV has surged in recent years. Throughout most of the epidemic, strict U.S. immigration policies limited entry for people living with HIV. But that restriction... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

U.S. Residents Increasingly Adopting HIV-Positive Children From Abroad, AP/Google.com Reports

U.S. residents increasingly are adopting HIV-positive children from abroad, according to figures from the U.S.-based Adoption Advocates International , the AP/Google.com reports. Figures from the organization indicate a "clear and steady rise" in... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

India Government, NGOs Adopt "Delhi Commitment" to Protect, Support Children Affected by, Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

Indian government ministries and nongovernmental organizations in New Delhi on Thursday after a two-day national consultation on children affected by and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS adopted a "comprehensive" national policy recommendation to protect,... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Adoption - prognosis of HIV+ adopted baby

We have just adopted twins from Africa. They are 1 year old. The girl is HIV+, but the boy is negative. The tests were done in Africa. Are they likely to be incorrect? What length of life span are our babies expected to have? Do you have any...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
You should definitely have the children evaluated at a center that has expertise in diagnosing and caring for HIV positivie children (or your pediatrician could consult with a pediatric HIV expert). I would repeat testing on both. If one or both are... Read more »

Insuring adopted children with AIDS

Is it possible to insure adopted children with AIDS and if so how expensive is it?Thank You.C.S. from MI...
Lynn L. Franzoi

Response from Lynn L. Franzoi

Worldwide Benefits for Fox, Inc.
You should be able to add them as dependents under your group health plan at work. Contact your Benefits Department to determine how to do this.... Read more »

adoption and HIV

If a birth mom is HIV positive, but the child at birth has tested negative for HIV at what point can you be certain the child will not develop HIV? What tests should be run on a baby or toddler to check their HIV status?...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The test that is most commonly used to diagnose HIV infection in adults looks for antibodies to the virus. All HIV positive women make antibodies to the virus and pass them to their babies; it can take up to 18 months for uninfected babies to clear... Read more »

Adopting From Russia - Referral has HIV+ Mother

I am adopting a child from Russia. The referral I received was for a 16 month old who tested negative for HIV using PCR at 13 months of age. The mother was HIV+ at time of conception and birth. Don't know if the mother breast fed and/or was on...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
You will not be able to know if this child is infected until you can verify that the lab tests are done on this particular child. In other words, you would need to be able to verify the blood that is tested in the lab was actually drawn from this... Read more »
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Adopting Children

Posted by wallace404, 2 Replies
Can HIV positive, gay men adopt children? How about adopting poz children? Read more »

Need insurance coverage for HIV child adopting

Posted by opinco, 1 Reply
I really need some direction and help. I help place children with special needs for adoption. We have a little girl a family wants to adopt, she is HIV positive from birth, now 8 years old. The family uses private insurance as he is a contractor. ... Read more »

POSITIVE COUPLE SEEKING TO ADOPT A HIV+ CHILD

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
MY HUSBAND AND i HAVE BEEN HAPPILY MARRIED FOR OVER 7 YEARS AND WEVE KNOWN OF OUR HIV STATUS THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. WE ARE SEEKING TO ADOPT AN HIV POSITIVE CHILD. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF POSITIVE PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO LEAGALLY ADOPT AND IF SO HOW WE... Read more »

Adopting a child

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am HIV positive and my wife is negative. We would like to adopt a child. Does anyone know of any agencies that would allow a person with HIV to adopt a child? Thanks. Read more »