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What Are Chances Of Mother Passing Hiv Onto Baby

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How Do Babies Get AIDS? How Can We Prevent Infection of Newborns? Breastfeeding How Do We Know if a Newborn Is Infected? What About the Mother's Health? The Bottom Line How Do Babies Get AIDS? HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can be transmitted from an infected mother to her newborn child. According to the World Health Organization, without antiretroviral treatment, up to 30% of babies of HIV infected mothers get HIV. If the...
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Does my baby have a chance of being infected with HIV?

My husband and I are adopting a baby whose mother has HIV and is a carrier of Hepatitus C. The mother was put in AZT 3 hours before planned c-section. The baby is also on AZT for the first 6 weeks of her life. What are the chances that she would...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
In the absence of any treatment, about 25-30% of babies will acquire the infection from their mother. Treatment of the mother and baby with ZDV will definitely reduce the risk of HIV transmission but will not reduce the risk of HCV transmission.... Read more »

HIV- Mother, HIV+ baby?The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Suppose that an HIV positive person impregnates an HIV negative woman. Is it possible for the baby to become HIV positive without the mother contracting the virus? I have not heard of any such cases, but I am wondering if it is possible. Thank you...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.The HIV virus is transmitted from an infected person directly to the next. If a mother is not infected with HIV, her baby will not be born with it. ItCANNOT pass from the man to the baby without infecting the mother... Read 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 to an HIV+ mother. This child has been tested twice and both time been negative for HIV. Is there a chance that this child will develop the virus...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
All HIV positive women make antibodies (a type of immune response) to the virus and pass the antibodies to their babies. However, only about 25-30% of women with HIV infection will pass the virus to their babies; if a mother takes antiviral... Read more »

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 HIV RNA or DNA, that is they detect the virus... Read more »
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Mother passed away and looking for resources for support

Posted by Manda284, 4 Replies
Hi al,

All my life it was just my mother and I.My mother passed away from cancer brought on by the lowered immune system. What I am having trouble with is that the hospital never told me she had it and I was her health care proxy etc. I was her sole... Read more »

chance of passing it on

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
i had unprotected sex with someone i don't know about 11 months ago. about two weeks after i had strep throat and tonsilitis for a few weeks. i believe i may have HIV. i have recently began having sex w/ my boyfriend. he knows that i might have HIV... 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?

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HIv positive and having a baby

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I just found out I am pregnant. But I'm positive and really worried. Will I get sicker? will my baby die? Does anyone know about this? laura K.

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