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Hiv In Newborns

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Do all newborns in us get tested for Hiv?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Do they automatically test newborns for hiv in the us? Read more »


Posted by Jessie, 3 Replies
I recently had my husband come to me, upset, crying and concerned about his brothers two newborn twins and the fact that me and my husband are both HIV+. Apparently, the brother confronted my husband about being with the newborns and washing his... Read more »

enough on my plate already with HIV...

Posted by Lovinlife, 2 Replies
My newborn baby boy was just diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Am feeling a bit sad about it. Funny though...when I went in to get the lab results I was thinking, "There's NO way these can be positive. Dealing with HIV is enough. The... Read more »

babys and hiv

Posted by Anonymous
Is it true all newborn babys are tested for hiv?Im in australia and am wondering if thats the case down here.

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Take Care!

Posted by Anonymous
Hi to you all,
I will leave this forum for some while but I will check in will check in when I have the time, As I told you before I have a newborn at home and I will spend some time with my family but I hopes that I can come back to this forum in a... Read more »
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Newborn given AZT if only Dad HIV+?

Would a newborn be put on AZT if only the father were HIV+ or would the mother also have to be HIV+?...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
A newborn would not receive AZT if the father was HIV positive and the mother HIV Negative.BJ... Read more »

Hiv antibodies in newborns

Do all newborns have HIV antibodies present if the mother is HIV positive? Is it possible for a baby tested right after birth appear to not have been exposed to HIV if the mother is infected with HIV? ...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
If the mother is HIV antibody positive, then the baby will also be antibody positive because the mother's antibodies cross the placenta to the newborn. It is possible for the mother to have just been HIV infected and not have developed HIV... Read more »

newborns and HIV antibodies

If an infant is born to an HIV positive mother, will the infant always have the HIV antibody at birth? If the mother was recently infected would the HIV antibody still be present in the newborn?...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Fetuses and young infants generally do not make antibodies very well and most antibodies (including HIV antibodies) present at birth are passed to the baby from the mother during the last trimester of pregnancy (after 24 weeks gestation). If a... Read more »

HIV testing in newborn babies

Hi Rick and staff... Im butting heads with my girlfriend about this question. Will a baby born to an HIV+ mother ALWAYS be + for the HIV antibody (not the virus)...Thanks..2 PLWAS in disagreement...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your question. In most (if not all) cases, when a mother is HIV positive, her antibodies will go into the bloodstream of her baby during pregnancy. Because if this, if we do an antibody test on a baby soon after birth, the baby will... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois: Governor Signs Bill Requiring HIV Tests for Newborns

On Friday, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation requiring HIV testing for every newborn baby in Illinois when the status of the mother is not known. The law takes effect immediately. In 2004, the state created a voluntary testing program,... Read more »
Project Inform

Striking a Balance: HIV Testing for Pregnant Women and Newborns

The major points from "Striking a Balance" There are three general approaches to HIV testing: (a) voluntary, (b) routine/universal, and (c) mandatory. The Institute of Medicine recommended universal HIV testing, with patient notification,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On the Radar: Newborn HIV Cases in Indiana

During the past 2.5 years, eight Indiana newborns have tested positive for HIV, an increase of 400 percent, according to officials with the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. In response, a group of agencies is launching the "One Test, Two... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Circumcising Newborn Males Cost Effective Strategy for HIV Prevention, Rwandan Study Finds

Performing circumcisions on newborn boys to lower their risk for HIV infection later in life is more cost-effective than adolescent or adult circumcision, according to researchers at Rwanda's health ministry, Reuters reports. The findings,... Read more »