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Can A Baby Be Infected With HIV During The Delivery

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AIDS InfoNet

Pregnancy and HIV

...Mothers with higher viral loads are more likely to infect their babies. However, no viral load is low enough to be "safe." Infection can occur any time during pregnancy, but usually happens just before or during delivery. The baby is more likely to be infected if the delivery takes a long time. During delivery, the newborn is exposed to the mother's blood. An HIV-infected father can transmit HIV to his wife and to their child. To reduce this...
Ask the Experts

aids and pregnancy

how are aids transmitted through pregnancy?
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...a pregnant woman who is HIV infected can transmit HIV to her baby during the pregnancy, during labor and delivery and through breast milk.JLS. Read more »

Positive and having a baby

im 10 weeks away from haveing my baby,and i have been haveing a hard time getting on meds i need to know what can i face as a mom if my baby comes out hiv+. please email me thinkyou
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...Babies who are born infected with HIV are usually completely normal at birth; the first symptoms that HIV infected babies experience are usually swollen lymph glands; Read more »

7 mo pregnant,HIV+ and worried about delivery

I have a few questions regarding delivery of my child and prevention of transmission. I am HIV+, T4=700 & viral load was 3,000 at beginning of pregnancy but is currently nondetectable. I am scheduled for a c-section but am at risk for premature...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...The risk of transmission when the mother's HIV-1 RNA is undetectable ( 1000. You don't mention what antivirals you have taken in the past and what you are currently taking. Read more »

AIDS Drugs During delivery

I am planning a pregnancy and would like your opinion on the best drugs to take during delivery. I was on AZT monotherapy from 92-94 at 300mg. Presently I am successfully taking DDI, D4T and Viramune: VL <25, CD4 300. My pre HAART VL has never gone...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...your decision to continue your current regimen. With low viral load, your chances of transmission are much reduced.For your baby, I would probably recommend AZT and nevirapine or ddI and nevirapine. We know that AZT works to prevent HIV... Read more »
HIV i-Base

Choices for Delivery born -- whether you choose to have a vaginal birth or Caesarean section (C-section) -- is an important consideration for HIV-positive women. If you do have a Caesarean section, the operation must be carried out before the onset of labour and... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...drugs. HIV can also be spread from a mother to her child during pregnancy or delivery. This is called "vertical transmission." A baby can also be infected by drinking an infected woman's breast milk. Fact Sheet 611 has more information on... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...Services Montreal (Women) Montreal, Quebec 514-495-0990 Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy Toronto, Ontario 416-944-9481 1-800-743-8851 The Teresa... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AIDS Virus Hides Quickly Inside Babies' Blood

... Drug-resistant HIV strains that pass from mother to infant can go undetected in the baby's immune system cells and remain there for years, according to a study by Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins University School Read more »
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discrimination in the delivery room?

Posted by megjemima, 3 Replies
...discrimination in the delivery room. In my experience it has always been medical professionals that can be the most ignorant about HIV. My doctors I get to pick and choose, but the other staff is just thrown at you. Some could be great but I am... Read more »

HIV/AIDS & The Delivery of Bad News - A Research S

Posted by Dolbylife, 2 Replies
...HIV/AIDS & The Delivery of Bad News - A Research Study A few years ago, when I was 24 yrs Read more »

Hiv+ & Preg 2nd time, doubts on method delivery

Posted by MoonDreamer, 2 Replies
I'm pregnant with my second child, which was planned, and while my first was a c-section now I have the option of a vaginal birth. I really would love to try it this time and was going to fight my doc about it but he surprised me by saying he is... Read more »

Want to have a baby

Posted by Positivelyok, 5 Replies
...Hi, My husband and I would like to have a baby. We are both positive and are numbers are great. We would like to hear from anyone who has or is currently going through a Read more »