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Caring For Babies With Aids

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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


First I'd like to say your website is Godsend!Second, my daughter bought a few outfits at the mall, she pulled one of the pants out and noticed there was some redish stain. If it was blood from an HIV infected person, would this pose a risk? She...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,A "Godsend?" Well, I doubt the higher powers really sent me here to talk about sex, but OK, if you say so.Your daughter's HIV risk is nonexistent. HIV doesn't survive very long at all outside the body. It's perfectly safe to wash the stained... Read more »

Concerns Careing from HIV patient (CARING FOR AN HIV/AIDS PATIENT AT HOME)

I recently started caring from my brother who has Full blown AIDS with Cryptococcus meningitis. I wasnt paranoid about it until my toddler covered herself over with his throw and suddenly got a rash on both her arms and face. She had been inside all...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...the term "Full Blown AIDS" anymore, because in reality there is no such thing as "Partially Blown AIDS." I'm delighted you are caring for your brother in his time of need. I wish all AIDS patients had loving family members to care for them and... 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
...reduced.For your baby, I would probably recommend AZT and nevirapine or ddI and nevirapine. We know that AZT works to prevent HIV transmission even when moms have received AZT. Your concerns regarding the potential of AZT resistant viruses with... Read more »

my friend is pregnant to a man with AIDS

I have a friend that addmitted to me that she married a man with aids. She is also pregnant to him. And I would like to know what the is the possibility of the baby getting the virus? She claims to be testing neg. herself but her husband is...
Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Response from Robert H. Remien, Ph.D.

Columbia University
...there is risk for transmission of HIV to your friend whenever she has uprotected sex with her HIV+ partner. The only way her baby can become infected is if she is infected. If this has not happened yet, then she should be using protection when... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Unique Maternity Program Takes Care of HIV-Positive Women Having Babies

... The Canadian Pediatric AIDS Research Group reports that 150 to 175 babies are born to HIV-positive mothers in Canada each year. Proper treatment can reduce a mother's chance of transmitting the virus from 30 percent Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Children and HIV

... How Serious Is HIV for Children? How Are Children Different? Research on Children Treatment for Children Children and Adherence The Bottom Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents A Look at the Numbers Is HIV Different for Men and Women? Treatment in HIV+ Women: Efficacy, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions Gynecological Issues Read more »
AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families

National AIDS Strategy Welcomed, But Hardest Part Is Acting to Achieve Goals

...1991. She was 13 weeks pregnant at the time of her diagnosis. That same day, she was asked to make the decision to keep her baby, or to terminate the pregnancy. Acting on faith, she chose to have her baby, and to fight HIV just as hard as she... Read more »
Connect With Others

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 Read more »

adopting a baby with AIDS

Posted by Anonymous
... Adopting a baby with AIDS and care. My boyfriend and I are interested in adopting a baby with aids. My actual question is that we have cat's Read more »

Info from NYC dept of health? Is 4 weeks suffice?

Posted by Anonymous
...How soon after exposure can HIV infection be detected? With the HIV antibody tests used in New York State, virtually all people who are infected will test positive Read more »

New Baby

Posted by jayinpdx, 3 Replies
...My sister just had a new baby. Unfortunatly I am not allowed to hold him because she is afraid that he will get HIV from me. I have told her time and again Read more »