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Maternal To Fetal Hiv Transmission

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Black AIDS Institute

Dr. Lisa Masterson: An Advocate for Maternal and Fetal Health

One in a weekly series about the Black AIDS Institute's Greater Than AIDS ambassadors, who are using their VIP status in Black America to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and HIV testing and treatment. Listen to the doctor! The only way to be... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rapid HIV Testing and Prevention of Perinatal HIV Transmission in High-Risk Maternity Hospitals in St. Petersburg, Russia

To evaluate the effectiveness of an HIV rapid testing (RT) program, the researchers offered point-of-care RT -- including antiretroviral prophylaxis for positive women and their infants -- to pregnant women with no or incomplete HIV testing results... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Low Maternal Vitamin D Increases the Risk of HIV Transmission to Offspring

A new study of HIV-positive pregnant women finds that low maternal vitamin D levels are linked with a higher risk of viral transmission and an increase in infant mortality. In Tanzania, 884 HIV-positive pregnant women participating in a trial of... 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 »

hiv+hpv and maternity

dear judithi am a 38 year old women hiv+por the last 20 years i am taking abacavir+lamivudina+nelfinavir for the last 4 years my cd4 count is 300 and my viral load is less than 50 copies .10 years ago i was diagnose with hpv in the cervix i had a...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
HPV or human papilloma virus is a virus that is sexually transmitted and is associated with genital warts and cervical cancer. I am glad to hear that you have had such good follow up by your gynecologist.You need to ask your gynecologist about your... Read more »

hiv+,no fetal heartbeat

i have no fetal h/b/ and hiv+ on combivir and viracept worried that maybe the meds killed the fetus at 6wks now i should be 10wks still no bleeding or real pains. last u/s could not see fetus but i also have a tilted cervix -- could that be the...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
I strongly suggest that you go see your obstetrician as soon as possible. BJ... 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 »
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Things to know about HIV Transmission

Posted by health2010, 1 Reply
is it true that an hiv test is invalid if the blood drawn for the test is among several drawings of blood duirng the same session for other tests? Read more »

Things to know about HIV Transmission

Posted by bartleby, 2 Replies
Before you worry your head off about HIV, please make sure you understand some basics to see if you if you were at risk.
What is HIV?
How is HIV transmitted? Read more »

HIV Transmission Risk

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I need to ascess my risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 6 days ago, I met up with this man that I had chatted to online and we had unprotected sex.
There was a lot of open mouth kissing and fondling. He proceeded to masturbate... Read more »

Hiv transmission through contact of vaginal fluid with an open wound?

Posted by neibet, 1 Reply
What is the risk of HIV transmission through the exposure of an open wound to vaginal secretions.
Assuming i am having a back massage and i have an open injury on my back and the masseuse was sitting naked in my back with her vagina in direct... Read more »