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If I'm Hiv Positive Can I Still Adopt Children

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More Families Are Adopting HIV-Positive Children

The number of U.S. parents who have adopted or are considering adopting a child with HIV has surged in recent years. Throughout most of the epidemic, strict U.S. immigration policies limited entry for people living with HIV. But that restriction... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

U.S. Residents Increasingly Adopting HIV-Positive Children From Abroad, AP/Google.com Reports

U.S. residents increasingly are adopting HIV-positive children from abroad, according to figures from the U.S.-based Adoption Advocates International , the AP/Google.com reports. Figures from the organization indicate a "clear and steady rise" in... Read more »
TheBody.com

Ukraine Says No to Elton John's Desire to Adopt an HIV-Positive Boy

It's a sad day when an HIV-positive child is stuck in an orphanage, unlikely ever to be adopted. However, the Ukranian Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko apparently felt confident in rejecting singer/songwriter Elton John's bid to... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Adoption of a child whose Mother was HIV positive!

My spouse and I have adopted a child whose mother has HIV. The child was tested after birth for HIV and the test showed negative. They gave the child AZT treatments for three weeks after birth. The mother had no prenatal care. We adopted the child...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
If the infant tests negative on two occasions by HIV RNA or DNA PCR testing at least 4 weeks after the infant has stopped taking AZT then you can be very confident the infant is not HIV infected. This assumes the infant was not breast-fed by the HIV... Read more »

Adopting a Ukrainian child who had a HIV-positive mother

I am currently in Ukraine looking to adopt a little 19mon girl. Her mother was HIV+. They say she has been tested 3 times and has been negative. The Ped coming with me said that she could do a quick test - what would that be and how accurate. A...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post and question.Of course, a true ELISA test would be more reassuring, but I'd have to think that with three previous negative tests and a current rapid test in your hands that it's unlikely that your child will have HIV.... Read more »

Adopting Child with initial positive then negative tests

We are considering adopting a child with the following results: 02/04 born;04/04 negative PCR HIV;07/04 negative PCR HIV;09/04 positive EIA to HIV;12/04 negative EIA to HIV;08/05 hiv monitoring stopped. What does it all mean? ...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
An EIA (enzyme immunoassay) detects antibodies (an immune response) to HIV while the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is a test that detects HIV genetic material (DNA or RNA). All HIV infected women have HIV antibodies and are EIA positive. During... Read more »

adoption and HIV

If a birth mom is HIV positive, but the child at birth has tested negative for HIV at what point can you be certain the child will not develop HIV? What tests should be run on a baby or toddler to check their HIV status?...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The test that is most commonly used to diagnose HIV infection in adults looks for antibodies to the virus. All HIV positive women make antibodies to the virus and pass them to their babies; it can take up to 18 months for uninfected babies to clear... Read more »
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POSITIVE COUPLE SEEKING TO ADOPT A HIV+ CHILD

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
MY HUSBAND AND i HAVE BEEN HAPPILY MARRIED FOR OVER 7 YEARS AND WEVE KNOWN OF OUR HIV STATUS THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. WE ARE SEEKING TO ADOPT AN HIV POSITIVE CHILD. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF POSITIVE PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO LEAGALLY ADOPT AND IF SO HOW WE... Read more »

Adopting Children

Posted by wallace404, 2 Replies
Can HIV positive, gay men adopt children? How about adopting poz children? Read more »

SEEKING TO ADOPT A POSITIVE CHILD

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
MY HUSBAND AND i HAVE BEEN HAPPILY MARRIED FOR OVER 7 YEARS AND WEVE KNOWN OF OUR HIV STATUS THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. WE ARE SEEKING TO ADOPT AN HIV POSITIVE CHILD. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF POSITIVE PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO LEAGALLY ADOPT AND IF SO HOW WE... Read more »

Need insurance coverage for HIV child adopting

Posted by opinco, 1 Reply
I really need some direction and help. I help place children with special needs for adoption. We have a little girl a family wants to adopt, she is HIV positive from birth, now 8 years old. The family uses private insurance as he is a contractor. ... Read more »