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Is An Hiv Test Necessary During Pregnancy

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Is treatment necessary during pregnancy

My girlfriend is HIV+ and now pregnant. Latest CD 4 was 270, viral load not tested. Previous test showed CD 4 at 220 & viral load at 10,000. What are the criteria for determing if tretament is necessary during pregancy & will discontinuing...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Decisions regarding therapy during pregnancy are based on 2 major considerations: 1) optimizing the health of the mother; and 2) preventing HIV transmission to the baby. Recommendations regarding the intitation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV... Read more »

My doc doesn't think an HIV test is necessary

Typical scenario. I married my husband in 1999. We are healthy and happy and went on to have 2... Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Integration of TB/HIV Services Necessary to Beat "Twin Epidemics"

Swaziland "is struggling to overcome twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis (TB)," UNAIDS Executive Director Michel SidibĂ© writes in the Huffington Post "Healthy Living " blog. "Here in Swaziland, more than three-quarters of TB patients are also... Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Viral Counts Necessary for Gauging Health of Children With HIV

For children being treated for HIV in less developed countries, monitoring to predict the occurrence of serious HIV-related illnesses is most accurate if it includes a measure of HIV levels in the blood, according to a National Institutes of Health... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Change in Law Necessary to Address HIV Discrimination

Sonia Gupta, founder and CEO of United Against Infectious Diseases, writes that currently the laws and policies regarding HIV vary throughout the United States. She traces the history of the disease from 1981 to the present, and how laws were shaped... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Women's Independence Necessary to Address HIV/AIDS in Uganda, Opinion Piece Says

Although Uganda had many achievements to celebrate on the anniversary of its independence on Wednesday, the country must "focus on independence on the individual level," especially among women affected by HIV/AIDS in the country, Milly Nattimba of... Read more »
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Pregnancy & HIV Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I've heard that pregnancy can cause a false positive HIV result. Is that true? I'm pregnant, and i was tested a little over 3 months since my last unprotected sexual encounter. The result was negative. Should I test again or is 3 months good... Read more »

pregnancy and testing-state laws

Posted by Anonymous
Hi all,

When I was pregnant, I declined the HIV test at one doctor, but later ended up going to another. I told her also not to test (I was worried about insurance records and such at the time, as I was in the process of getting insurance.) She told... Read more »

Pregnancy after negative 3 month test?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I had a risky encounter a while back (cunnilingus, and brief rubbing unprotected penis against wet vulva, and brief unprotected vaginal sex before putting on condom - with an Asian sex worker of unknown HIV status - in Asia). After testing negative... Read more »

HIV Prevention-Our Voices ARE Necessary

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
HIV Prevention-Our Voices ARE Necessary

As an individual living with HIV for 20 years, I have been working to break down the barriers of fear and discrimination for nearly a decade now. I believe there is a serious problem stemming from the lack of... Read more »