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Newborn Hiv Testing

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HIV testing in newborn babies

Hi Rick and staff... Im butting heads with my girlfriend about this question. Will a baby born to an HIV+ mother ALWAYS be + for the HIV antibody (not the virus)...Thanks..2 PLWAS in disagreement
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

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Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...birth, the baby will test HIV positive, regardless of whether the baby is infected or not. Because of this, antibody testing in newborn babies is not a reliable way to determine if the baby is infected or not. For more information on this... Read more »

newborn testing for hiv

My husband and I are in the process of adopting internationally. A waiting child has become... Read more »

HIV Testing in Newborn

We want to adopt twins girls from Guatemala. They were born in Dec 03. I have been told that both... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Testing Newborns for HIV Can Save Lives

... On World AIDS Day, four UN agencies reported that earlier diagnosis and treatment of HIV-infected newborns can boost their survival rate. However, many now slip through the cracks of poor health care systems, the agencies said. In Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois: Governor Signs Bill Requiring HIV Tests for Newborns

... On Friday, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation requiring HIV testing for every newborn baby in Illinois when the status of the mother is not known. The law takes effect immediately. In 2004, the state created a voluntary Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Florida Senate Committee Approves Bill That Would Require HIV Testing for Almost All Newborns

...Senators on Tuesday amended the bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Evelyn Lynn (R), to allow women to opt out of testing for their newborns for religious reasons, but some lawmakers said that all parents should be allowed to waive testing. ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Jersey to Make HIV Testing Routine for Pregnant Women, Newborns

...measure that will make HIV testing a routine part of prenatal care. "We can significantly reduce the number of infections to newborns and help break down the stigma associated with the disease," said Codey, the Essex County Democrat who is acting... Read more »
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Do all newborns in us get tested for Hiv?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Do they automatically test newborns for hiv in the us? Read more »

The RNA test.

Posted by TrueOptimist, 1 Reply
I have took the I believe it is called an "RNA" test because no antibodies have been found in my body so this test will look for the virus itself in my blood.I just want to know is this very accurate? Read more »

babys and hiv

Posted by Anonymous
...Is it true all newborn babys are tested for hiv?Im in australia and am wondering if thats the case down here. Read more »


Posted by nomoreworry4me
...tests are most frequently used for screening blood donations and donor organs for HIV, while DNA PCR tests are used for testing newborn babies born to HIV positive mothers. Both types of test can be used to measure the amount of virus that is... Read more »