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what are the chances of an hiv positive mother having a child who is negative?

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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Advances in HIV care in pregnancy have made mother to baby transmission in the US the exception rather than the rule.Mom's infectious disease specialist works to keep her condition in check and the OB works to make delivery a controlled event.Baby will undergo a variety of tests & normally take meds for a while.When tests show baby is clear initially, monitoring continues for a time until sure.
Answered on Dec 22, 2014
Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
With tx- low!!: The key is early DX and treatment - once the viral load reaches undetectable at the end of gestation with antiretroviral therapy, and appropriate perinatal care, the chances of a positive child is very low - and is considered an exception rather than the rule.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Yes: If the HIV negative mother's test was in error (true positive) then the child would most likely HIV positive also.
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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Very good: With proper medication in utero (during the pregnancy) the chances of the baby having HIV is virtually zero.
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