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Can A Baby Be Infected With HIV During The Delivery

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Pregnancy and HIV

How Do Babies Get AIDS? How Can We Prevent Infection of Newborns? Breastfeeding How Do We Know if a Newborn Is Infected? What About the Mother's Health? The Bottom Line How Do Babies Get AIDS? HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be transmitted from an infected mother to her newborn child. According to the World Health Organization, without antiretroviral treatment, up to 30% of babies of HIV infected mothers get HIV. If the...
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am at risk if exposed to hiv infected blood during delivery

i delivered a woman who was passing by neighborhood without gloves,however i used polyhene bags to bring the baby out but when i as cutting the cord,i used bare hands and had some blood spills on my hand,i wrapped the baby and observed her before i...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello thereWhat a good deed you did- it was very lucky that you were there to deliver the baby. I think your risk of getting HIV are very low for the following reasons: 1) you saw no active cut on your hands to indicate bleeding; 2) the woman was on... 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 (<400 copies/ml) is very low (<1%). Available data suggest that caesarean section will add little to preventing mother-to-child transmission in women with RNA < 400.... Read more »

HIV+, PREGNANT, ? ABOUT DELIVERY

i AM HIV+, i AM ON COMBIVIR AND VIRAMUNE. I AM NOW 5 MONTHS PREGNANT, DUE IN AUGUST, AND THE DELIVERY QUESTIONS ARE FLUTTERING IN MY HEAD. I HAVE HEARD THAT C SECTIONS ARE BEST, BUT MY DR, WHO DOES SPECIALIZE IN HIV, SAID IF MY VIRAL LOAD IS...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
The risk of your baby being infected if your viral load is undetectable is very small (probably less than 1 in 500 or 1 in 1000, but the risk is not zero. Elective C-section does further reduce the risk by probably half, but surgery has risks as... 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...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Since your viral load seems to be well-controlled, I agree with 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... Read more »
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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 »

discrimination in the delivery room?

Posted by megjemima, 3 Replies
I have been positive for over 10 years. Now I am pregnant and in my first trimester (yay!). My doctors have been very supportive.

Over the years, I have had good doctors and bad. However I fear discrimination in the delivery room. In my experience... Read more »

any babies infected by breast milk?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Would someone know how many if any babies hiv infected by breast milk?

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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
https://www.surveymonkey.com/had

A few years ago, when I was 24 yrs old, I sent out a mail-in HIV test kit that I had purchased from my local drugstore. About a week later, I called the phone... Read more »