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Vertical Transmission Of Hiv

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Nevirapine, Zidovudine Regimen "Best Way" to Prevent Vertical Transmission of HIV, Studies Say

Administering a combination of nevirapine and zidovudine is the "best way" to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in developing countries, according to two studies to be published in the July 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine ,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Studies Examine Reducing Risk of Vertical HIV Transmission While Breastfeeding, Effect of Herpes Treatments on Transmission

HIV-positive women who are breastfeeding can reduce the risk of vertical HIV transmission if they take the antiretroviral drug nevirapine for up to six months after giving birth, according to five CDC - and NIH -funded studies conducted in Africa... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New HIV/AIDS Research Center in Cameroon to Help Develop Vaccine Against Vertical HIV Transmission

An HIV/AIDS research center in Yaounde, Cameroon, that opened last month plans to help develop a vaccine to prevent infants from contracting HIV through breast-feeding, reports. Breast-feeding might account for nearly half of all HIV... Read more »
Ask the Experts

chances of vertical transmission

higher since the infant and mother share their fluids during pregnancy. Why is a child not automatically at a high-risk for vertical transmission of HIV if mother is HIV+? ...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The uterus and amniotic sac that surrounds the infant acts as a barrier to infection; if a woman has a high viral load, HIV may get across this barrier; this accounts for the minority of vertical transmission[5-8%] and occurs in the second and third... Read more »

vertical transmission

My kid at the age of 3 months taken PCR ql test stating 'detected'(out of range) & not detected within range. I have taken all steps to prevent vertical transmission i.e cesarian+stopped breast feeding+with combination therapy+post AZT...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I am confused about what you were told when your child was 3 months old-- nevertheless, if he were to be tested again now he should get the standard HIV ELISA test, not a PCR. Frankly, the odds of a child being HIV+ who is growing normally and is... Read more »

ive just noticed groves on my fingernails vertical

hi is it normal to have vertical lines grooves on ur fingernails?is it my meds?diet?im on sustva,viread and epivar low dose.thanks they werent there before meds......
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Many people without HIV have some vertical lines on their fingernails. Some HIV meds can cause fingernail abnormalities (most common = indinavir and AZT). NRTIs are occasionally associated with finger nail grooves-often a cosmetic issue without... Read more »

HIV twin pregnancy

I've heard that it is more diffictult to prevent vertical transmission of HIV in an twin pregnancy. Is there really a greater chance for the baby's to be infected? Why is this so? What can be done to...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The good news is that optimizing maternal care and the use of antivirals during pregnancy has been effective in preventing mother-to-child transmission in multiple pregnancies, as well as in single pregnancies. The earlier that the care begins, the... 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 »