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what are the chances of having an hiv negative baby if the mother is positive?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Good: Once pregnant, if you have become hiv+ prophylactic therapy can reduce the risk to the fetus but not eliminate it. If mom is treated and her viral load is low there is a good chance the baby will be normal, but there are no guarantees. Mother should be seen by an infectious disease expert or other doctor with experience in HIV management.

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Is it possible to have an HIV negative baby if the mother is positive?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Absolutely: With proper care the vertical transmission rate (mother to baby) is near zero. Pregnant mothers with HIV should be treated with haart therapy as soon as they know they are pregnant. Vertical transmission rate is minimized to near zero if the mother's viral load is undetectable at birth. A cesarean delivery may be somewhat protective, but if viral load is zero is not required.

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