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Pregnancy Risk For Women With Cytomegalovirus

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Table of Contents Introduction How Is CMV Spread? How Do I Prevent CMV Infection? How Can I Tell If I Have CMV Infection? How Do I Prevent CMV Disease? Can I Ever Stop Preventive Therapy How Can I Tell if I Have CMV Disease? How Do You Treat CMV Disease? Concerns for Pregnant Women Concerns for Children Your CD4 Cell Counts How Can I Get the Medicines to Treat CMV? What About Resistance? What Research Is Being Done on...
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cytomegalovirus.....What is It?

Doctor,I have a very serious question to ask, I do not understand. My best friend has had a baby whom has been diagnosed with cytomegalvirous. She is a very healthy woman but had a difficult pregnancy, the baby was taken approximately 6 weeks early....
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear Peggy,CMV is a common virus to afflict the second born child. It is treatable if it is symptomatic as it can be in people with poor immune systems like babies or people with HIV. In children it will usually go away with age unless it is causing... Read more »

Pregnancy and h.i.v.+women

I am 27 and have been diagnosed h.i.v.+ for 5 years I am currently taking efavirenz and combivir and have been undetectable with a cd4 of 360 for a year. I would dearly like to have a child with my partner whom is negative and wondered if this is...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
If you are HIV infected and pregnant your risk of transmitting HIV to your baby is related to your viral load; if your viral load is undetectable throughout pregnancy and delivery your risk of transmitting HIV to your baby would not be zero but... Read more »

Viral load and Pregnancy in HIV+ women

Dear DR.,How low should viral load be for maximum reduction of mother to child transmition of HIV?Can one reduce viral load just like CD4+ can be increased?...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
While women can transmit HIV to their babies at any viral load, the risk of transmission increases with increasing viral load. Antiviral therapy can definitely reduce viral load and women on therapy with undetectable viral load have < 1% risk of... Read more »

HIV+ Women and pregnancy

What kinds of meds do women with HIV need to take during pregnancy and what is the latest % that the child will be negative?...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.In the US, pregnant HIV-infected women should receive triple drug therapy. The US Department of Health and Human Services have provided <a... Read more »
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pregnancy and HIV

Posted by footeard, 1 Reply
Hi, I have been positive since 1987 and my husband is negative. I am 30 years old. We will be trying to concieve and have a baby in July. I am currently on D4T, Viramune and DDI. I was on AZT monotherapy from 92-94 at 300 mg a day so likely am... Read more »

Pos/Neg Couple Seeking Pregnancy

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Has anyone have first hand knowledge or experience with spermwashing procudures? Husband pos(undetect)/Wife neg one child neg. Want more additions, any info appreciated Read more »

others using drug therapy in pregnancy

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I'm 15 wks. pregnant and have been on abacavir,viracept and 3tc. I'm concerned about first trimester exposure and also about abacavir because it's been used so little in pregnancy. I'd like to connect with other women who have delivered or are... Read more »

Women's HIV Risk From Heterosexual Sex Rises

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Well, it looks like it's now true at least in a few states in the US
This is the future ladies!

Report: Women's HIV Risk From Heterosexual Sex Rises in Massachusetts

Heterosexual sex has passed intravenous drug use as the primary way women in... Read more »