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Babies In Africa With Hiv

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

South Africa: All Babies Should Have HIV Tests, Says Expert

Compulsory HIV testing for six-week-old infants would help the South African government assess whether giving nevirapine to stop mother-to-child transmission is working, an AIDS expert said at the International All 4 Children Congress in Sun City... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

South Africa: Test Every Baby for HIV, Pleads Top Specialist

Experts blame HIV/AIDS for the fact that South Africa is one of the few nations with a rising rate of infant mortality. Now, a leading AIDS specialist is asking the government to require HIV tests for all of the 1 million babies born in the country... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

South Africa: AIDS Orphanage Closes Its Hospice, Babies No Longer Dying

Due to hygienic deliveries and the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV-infected babies and pregnant HIV-infected women, South Africa's Cotlands childcare facility has closed its AIDS hospice for children. Cotlands is a nonprofit... Read more »
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HIV Antibodies on Babies Born From Mothers With HIV

Hi, doc.I read your response on the question entitled "Baby Cured of HIV?" from someone living in Africa.So... you mentioned that if a mother is HIV+, when she gives birth, the HIV antibodies are passed on to the baby. I'm not in the...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Great question. These antibodies do not persist after the first year of life. Therefore, there is no long term immunity or protection against HIV that is established in the child. These antibodies develop in the mother in reaction to infection.... Read more »

HIV+ - want to have a baby

I am 30 years old, living in South Africa, HIV+ for 9 years now. CD4 count is 415 and viral load 950. I have been on Kaletra and Sustiva for a year now. My husband and I are considering having a baby. I have discussed with my doctor and he says my...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
WIth a viral load of 950, your risk of transmitting the virus to the baby is much reduced but not nil. Since Sustiva has been associated with birth defects, it is not generally recommended for use during pregnancy and most providers would recommend... Read more »

I am HIV -, female. My husband is HIV +, male. we would like to have a baby. (PREGNANCY: HIV POSITIVE MALE AND HIV NEGATIVE FEMALE 2010)

Good Day. My husband told me a month ago that he got tested and he is HIV +. I also got tested and i am HIV -. We would still like to have a baby, in regard that i would not be infected, nor our child. Is there a way where this is possible. We are...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, the safest and most effective way involves sperm washing and in vitro fertilization. See below.Dr. BobArtificial Insemination vs. In Vitro Fertilization Feb 25, 2010Hi Dr. Bob,My question is about starting a family through artificial... Read more »

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 »
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Look, People In Africa are Just like Denialists

Posted by BabyPeanut, 1 Reply
Dying of AIDS in Nigeria: A young man's life ends in loneliness and pain

By GLENN McKENZIE -- Associated Press

BILLIRI, Nigeria (AP) -- When David Daudu read the blood test showing he was infected with the AIDS virus, he ripped up the hospital's...
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Babies and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
For all those women out there who have had babies:
My husband and I are both positive, how dangerous is it for us to try and have a baby. What are the risks (a baby is the reward!) what are the odds of the baby being positive too etc.
We are wanting... Read more »

HIv positive and having a baby

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I just found out I am pregnant. But I'm positive and really worried. Will I get sicker? will my baby die? Does anyone know about this? laura K.

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Baby-boomers living with HIV

Posted by Mondo, 6 Replies
Baby-boomers living with HIV

We lived through the fifties and sixties, with reminders from our parents to appreciate the things that they never had in the depression or during the war years. We survived the threat of nuclear war, free love, some... Read more »