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Hiv Mother To Fetus Transmission

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AIDS Intervention Programs Reduce Mother-to-Fetus Transmission in China

China's efforts to reduce mother-to-baby HIV transmission are paying off, according to Fu Wei, a senior official with the Ministry of Health. China's pilot program providing free HIV testing and counseling for pregnant women launched in 2003 in... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HAART and the Safety of the Fetus

In high-income countries, the widespread availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has dramatically decreased deaths from AIDS-related infections. As a result, HIV positive people in these countries are generally living longer,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Nearly Eliminated in United States, Public Health Officials Say

Vertical HIV transmission, which led to the deaths of hundreds of U.S. infants annually 10 years ago, has been virtually eliminated in the United States, according to public health officials, the New York Times reports. In 1990, nearly 2,000 U.S.... Read more »
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What is the mode of maternal transmission to her fetus?

What is the mode of maternal transmission of HIV to her infant? Does HIV cross the placental barrier or does transmission occur during the trauma of the birth process? If it occurs from birth trauma, would C-section be of benefit in reducing...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.An infected mother can transmit the virus to her baby one of three ways. First is during pregnancy itself, since the virus can pass through theplacenta, and go directly into the fetus. Second, transmission could... Read more »

Mother-to-Child Transmission

I have read a bit about the transmission of HIV from the mother to the unborn fetus. My question is, even though there is no intermixing of the maternal and fetal blood in the placenta, is HIV incapable of traversing the placental barrier between...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
While we know that HIV transmission can occur during gestation, delivery, or after birth through brest feeding, the precise mechanisms of viral transfer are unknown. However, risk of infection increases as the placenta ages or with conditions (e.g.,... Read more »

mother to child transmission

Dear Dr. Frascino, I am a health educator in local high schools. Recently, I have recieved several questions about how babies born to HIV positive mother's are born positive, but then "become" negative. The curruculum I use has a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Konika,The confusing point here stems from the fact that HIV-positive moms can pass anti-HIV antibodies to their unborn children. These anti-HIV antibodies are proteins, not HIV itself, that can pass through the placenta from mom to fetus.... Read more »

Transmission of HIV during Pregnancy

Dear expert, I have a question pertaining the transmission of HIV from the mother to the fetus. According to what a doctor told me, the placenta won't allow the mother blood to pass into the fetus blood stream at all. only the nutrient from the...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question. The placenta is a great barrier that protects the developing fetus from HIV. The placenta allows a baby with a different genetic make-up from the mother to grow inside the body without stimulating an immunologic reaction.... Read more »
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Young Mother of divorced hiv positive dad

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Transmission Risk?

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Recently I rubbed a girl of unknown HIV status through her jeans. It felt a little damp. About 5 minutes later I thoughtlessly picked a pimple which bled. What is my HIV risk? Read more »

Concerned Dad- Transmission Question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello all, I was diagnosed positive six months ago and started on meds right away. I must have had it for a while because my CD4 was only 24! Anyway, I am tolerating the meds pretty well so far. I have three young children and my doctor has told me... Read more »