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Mother To Child Hiv Infections

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AIDS InfoNet

Pregnancy and HIV

...success of future treatment for both mother and child. There is some risk of birth defects caused by any drug during the first 3 months of pregnancy. If a mother chooses to stop taking some medications during pregnancy, her HIV disease could get worse. Any woman with HIV who is thinking about getting pregnant should carefully discuss treatment options with her health care provider.
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RE: do my kids need to be tested - hmmm, somethings not right here !

Hi Bob,In your answers to the original poster and follow up, you recommend testing the children, despite the mother testing negative.This either means that a +ve father and a -ve mother can produce +ve children (with the mother remaining -ve), or...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...should test her children. I recommended this primarily because her husband's very low CD4 count was indicative of longstanding HIV infection. Also, since he was unaware of his HIV-positive status, he obviously was not on antiretroviral treatment... Read more »

re. kids testing

Dr. BobRegarding your answer if kids should be tested if the father had Aids but the mother was negative. Is it possible for the children to be positive while their birth mother is negative. I was under the impression that the only way a child could...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...should test her children. I recommended this primarily because her husband's very low CD4 count was indicative of longstanding HIV infection. Also, since he was unaware of his HIV-positive status, he obviously was not on antiretroviral treatment... Read more »

Re: Do my kids need to be tested

Hi: DR: Bob in the question were the couple asked you if their kids should be tested. I don't know if you overlooked the ages of the children, they specified the ages of the children which is 11,8,7 now if the mother is testing negative now then...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...should test her children. I recommended this primarily because her husband's very low CD4 count was indicative of longstanding HIV infection. Also, since he was unaware of his HIV-positive status, he obviously was not on antiretroviral treatment... Read more »

Re: testing the kids

I'm sorry, I'm confused now. If the mother is testing negative now, even if she tests postive in three or six months that indicates the infection was recent or her first test would have been positive; the last child was born 7 years ago, she HAD to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...should test her children. I recommended this primarily because her husband's very low CD4 count was indicative of longstanding HIV infection. Also, since he was unaware of his HIV-positive status, he obviously was not on antiretroviral treatment... Read more »
Articles
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Burundi: Disease Transmission -- Program Teaches Health Workers About Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Infection

...on HIV/AIDS. Seventy-three medical doctors, nurses and social workers were trained on the various aspects of preventing MTC HIV infection, including administration of antiretroviral drugs, counseling, opportunistic disease treatment and... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Malaria May Boost Mother-to-Child HIV Infection -- Study

... Mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) may be more likely when the mother is also infected with malaria, suggests a study presented at the Fourth Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Two-Year Morbidity-Mortality and Alternatives to Prolonged Breast-Feeding Among Children Born to HIV-Infected Mothers in Cote d'Ivoire

...concluded that breastmilk substitutes and short-term breast-feeding can be safe interventions aimed at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission in urban African settings where adequate nutritional counseling and care, access to clean water and... Read more »
U.S. National Institutes of Health

U.S. Updates Clinical Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children

...HIV-infected children and childrenwho were HIV-exposed through birth to an HIV-infected mother." Dr. Mofenson said. In recent years, HIV infection has increased among adolescents. "We hope that doctors and clinicians make use of these new... Read more »
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