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Children Not Knowing Their Hiv Status

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AIDS InfoNet

Telling Others You're HIV Positive

...others can be good because: You can get love and support to help you deal with your health. You can keep your close friends and loved ones informed about issues that are important to you. You don't have to hide your HIV status. You can get the most appropriate health care. You can reduce the chances of transmitting the disease to others. In many states, you can be found guilty of a felony for not telling a sexual partner you are...
Ask the Experts

Report of Children's HIV status by Pediatrician

Hi, Nancy,My 5 year old daughter has probably been infected by my spouse or me by some unknown contact (we couldn't figure it out--we were just infected probably for 6-7 weeks). We are scared to test her because every expert told us that HIV can not...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
...Your fear of having infected your own child is certainly understandable, but it may be running away with you. YOu can set your mind at ease by having your daughter tested Read more »

How do you tell your kids that a family member has AIDS?

My children and I have shared a home with my fiance and his brother, who has AIDS, for the past year. My sons are 11 and 8 and have not been told that their future uncle has AIDS. I realize that AIDS is not airborne, but I am worried that I am...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...Thank you for your question. First of all, HIV is not transmitted through any form of household casual contact, so your kids would not be at any risk just by living in the same house. There would only be a risk if they were directly exposed to... Read more »

RE: do my kids need to be tested - hmmm, somethings not right here !

Hi Bob,In your answers to the original poster and follow up, you recommend testing the children, despite the mother testing negative.This either means that a +ve father and a -ve mother can produce +ve children (with the mother remaining -ve), or...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...prevent possible horizontal transmission to the child. To be more specific there are a number of reasons I recommended testing the kids even though the mother just tested HIV negative. 1.The possibility (albeit slight) that the mother's first HIV... Read more »

Re: Do my kids need to be tested

Hi: DR: Bob in the question were the couple asked you if their kids should be tested. I don't know if you overlooked the ages of the children, they specified the ages of the children which is 11,8,7 now if the mother is testing negative now then...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...prevent possible horizontal transmission to the child. To be more specific there are a number of reasons I recommended testing the kids even though the mother just tested HIV negative. 1.The possibility (albeit slight) that the mother's first HIV... Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Draft Policy in Uganda Recommends HIV-Positive Children Know Their Status as Early as Age 10

...the age of 10 has drawn mixed reactions from health workers," IRIN PlusNews reports. The goal of the policy is to "improve children's adherence to their life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medicines, which would be easier if they knew why they... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

United States: Children of HIV-Infected Parents: Custody Status in a Nationally Representative Sample

... In the current study, the authors determined the rates and predictors of custody status for children of HIV-infected parents in the United States. Data from interviews of 538 parents with 1,017 children (ages 0-17) Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Couples With Mixed HIV Status

...Couples with one person who is HIV-positive and one who is HIV-negative are sometimes called "serodiscordant" or "mixed serostatus". "Sero-" refers to blood serum. "Serostatus" refers to whether someone has HIV infection or not. HIV isn't the... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...people living with HIV in the U.S., it is estimated that about one-quarter (252,000 to 312,000 persons) are unaware of their HIV status. Because they do not know they are infected, these individuals are unable to benefit from clinical care... Read more »
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newly gay and now HIV+

Posted by Anonymous, 17 Replies
...I just found out this week i am infected. I am divorced from a woman and have 3 children. Everyone ive been with told me they were negative and no one climaxed in a way that would be dangerous. How did this happen??? Read more »

sister of my fiance has aids, need advice

Posted by knut_hamsun, 4 Replies
...tested. The sister has been sick for 10y. I am in a bit of shock here, and need some advice. the sister has daily care for 2 kids. i presume this is ok, but how often should the kids be tested? and what precautions can we easily make to avoid... Read more »

Wanting kids

Posted by Anonymous, 12 Replies
...felt guilt, dirty and ashamed about my condition. The first thing in my mind was if I can have children in the future. I wanted kids that actually the reason why I broke up with my girl is she doesnt want kids. I know I can be a great father, I... Read more »

My father had AIDS...

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I am still struggling to understand why this happened to my family, and I am finding it hard to find any sort of support for children in the US who have lost parents to this disease. So, I am writing to see if ya'll know of any groups out there... Read more »