What Are Chances Of Mother Passing Hiv Onto Baby

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Babie and HIV positive mother

My wife and I are planning to adopt a baby. We find out that the baby we want, the mother when she went to give birth came out as HIV positive. The baby is 5 months now. They have done two preliminary tests and so far have come out negative to HIV....
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...In the developed world we have well established tests which can tell if a baby is HIV infected by one month of age in the absence of breast feeding. These tests are extremely sensitive and can detect HIVRead more »

baby born to HIV + Mother

I am a foster care provider and have been approached to take a 10 month old baby that has been born... Read more »

6 Month old infant & Mother Test Negative for HIV, Father tested Positive

We are in the process of adopting a baby boy from Taiwan. He was tested at 6month of age for HIV... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kyrgyzstan: Breastfeeding Babies Infected With HIV in Kyrgyz Hospitals Pass Virus to Their Mothers

...Fatima Koshokova, director of the nongovernmental group Rainbow, which provides free legal assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS. "The husbands of many of these women leave when they learn the diagnosis, and these women are left alone with... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Treating Infants, Pregnant, Nursing Mothers With ARVs Drives Down Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

...three groups: one in which the mother alone received antiretroviral therapy for the first seven months after the birth of the baby, another in which the infants were given nevirapine ... for seven months, and a third, control group, in which... Read more »
World Health Organization

New Guidance on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Infant Feeding in the Context of HIV

...mortality rates by two thirds, decreasing maternal mortality rates by three quarters, and halting and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015. The new guidelines enable more consistent policies and support for infant feeding practices among... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Zambia: New Drug Combo Eases Mother-Infant HIV Dilemma

...nevirapine during labor reduces a mother's chance of infecting her infant by 40 percent. But if the newborn does become infected, the baby is far more likely to acquire a strain of the virus that is resistant to common HIV drugs. There is also an... Read more »
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Info from NYC dept of health? Is 4 weeks suffice?

Posted by Anonymous
...How soon after exposure can HIV infection be detected? With the HIV antibody tests used in New York State, virtually all people who are infected will test positive Read more »

partner positive - now im preg - am i too?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...before i fell pregnant he put himself at risk (he thinnks this is when he caught hiv). so now that im pregnant does it mean my baby and i have it to? what are our chances considering he was hiv pos and i fell pregnant when that was his known... Read more »

any babies infected by breast milk?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Would someone know how many if any babies hiv infected by breast milk? Read more »

want to have a baby, but worried

Posted by kolo, 1 Reply
...quote: Adam Legge, Monday, April 16, 2007 Antiretroviral drugs used to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child can cause genetic damage in infants that may increase their risk of developing cancer in the Read more »