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What shoul I do about an HIV positive child who bites his staff?

What shoul I do about an HIV positive child who bites his staff?

Precaution and Peace: There is no known HIV risk from a bite if the skin is not broken. All documented cases where HIV was transmitted from a human bite (very rare) involved severe trauma, extensive damage, and lots of blood. That's the good news. The goal, then, is to reduce biting (behavior modification? Http://www. Drgreene. Com/qa/hitting-and-biting), and to protect the skin (pants, long-sleeve shirts, even gloves?). ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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What kind of likelihood is there of an HIV positive woman giving birth to an HIV positive child?

What kind of likelihood is there of an HIV positive woman giving birth to an HIV positive child?

Depends on variables: Untreated transfer has been recorded at around 35-40 %.In those treated with antivirals and managed well during pregnancy, the transfer rate drops below 5%. ...Read more

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Is it 100% safe for my for 6 year old child to play with an HIV positive child?

Is it 100% safe for my for 6 year old child to play with an HIV positive child?

Nothing is 100%: If the children are taught proper hygiene and to avoid incidents that may involve blood handling or exchange, it should be safe. ...Read more

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Can an HIV positive child aged 3 years infect other children when he plays with them?

Can an HIV positive child aged 3 years infect other children when he plays with them?

Not easily: Transmission of HIV is primarily via sexual intercourse and by blood transfusions. It is highly unlikely that a 3 year old with HIV can transmit the virus to other kids. However it is always good to practice universal precautions if the child with HIV has a major bleeding incident. ...Read more

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Can an HIV positive child be born to an HIV negative mother, such as if the mother's test was wrong?

Can an HIV positive child be born to an HIV negative mother, such as if the mother's test was wrong?

Yes: If the HIV negative mother's test was in error (true positive) then the child would most likely HIV positive also. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of an HIV positive parent having a child who is negative?

What is the likelihood of an HIV positive parent having a child who is negative?

Very good: With proper medication in utero (during the pregnancy) the chances of the baby having HIV is virtually zero. ...Read more

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What are the chances of an HIV positive mother having a child who is negative?

What are the chances of an HIV positive mother having a child who is negative?

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. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm HIV positive and would want to have a child?

What do you advise if I'm HIV positive and would want to have a child?

It's possible but...: If you're HIV+, and want to have a child, it is much more possible these days. However, I would strongly recommend that you speak with your medical provider about how to do this. It depends on who is HIV+ (female or male or both). There are ways to do this safely, so that the chance of transmitting HIV to the child is reduced. Would recommend seeing an HIV specialist that can discuss this further. ...Read more

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I just told my boy friend whom we have a child together im HIV positive.....What must I do next?

I just told my boy friend whom we have a child together im HIV positive.....What must I do next?

Ball in his court: He has to make some decisions, and hopefully he'll stay with you. If so, you need to take steps against him getting infected!

also, you need to take all your medicines and stay as healthy as possible for your child's sake.

See http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/resources/brochures/livingwithhiv. Htm#q8 for more information, no matter what he decides! ...Read more

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What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?

What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?

Antiretrovirals: There are standard protocols of anti retrovirals for pregnancy which have reduced HIV transmission to the newborn to negligible numbers in recent years. ...Read more

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What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?

What method would one use to have a child in a discordant couple where the man is negative and the woman is HIV positive?

Artificial: Insemination. The sperm of the man could be injected into the vagina of the woman. The woman should preferably be treated before hand to avoid transmitting the infection to the baby. ...Read more

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Do public schools need to know if my child is HIV positive?

Do public schools need to know if my child is HIV positive?

Not generally: Most public schools follow guidelines require personnel to use of universal precautions in dealing with blood products or body fluids. Hiv is not the only blood born problem. Private schools will follow similar guidelines in most states. Most schools don't require disclosure but you may choose to have a single confidential contact. Bring your physician into the discussion if possible. ...Read more

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How can an HIV positive lady not pass HIV to her unborn child?

Medicine!: There are excellent medicines available for HIV positive pregnant women. These prescription medications can significantly lower the risk of transmission to the unborn fetus. Please see your obstetrician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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If a child is born HIV positive, approxiamtely how long before he becomes aids?

If a child is born HIV positive, approxiamtely how long before he becomes aids?

Depends: On whether the child is appropriately treated, and a variety of other factors will make it impossible to accurately make predictions on the pace of infection for any given individual. ...Read more

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I'm HIV positive and I'm married and my wife wants to have a child is it possible?

I'm HIV positive and I'm married and my wife wants to have a child is it possible?

HIV and Pregnancy: Absolutely. This is now a common occurrence and many people with HIV are becoming parents and raising a family.

Any good HIV specialist will be able to point you in the direction of those clinics that offer sperm washing...Cleaning the semen of all thinks except sperm and thus providing non-infected material to use in inseminating your partner.

Congratulations. Go make a baby. ...Read more

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My brother just found out he is HIV positive. His girlfriend wants to have a child with him but she's not infected. Is this even possible?

My brother just found out he is HIV positive. His girlfriend wants to have a child with him but she's not infected. Is this even possible?

Yes, but.....: It is possible for her to get pregnant with him, but it is also likely he will pass the infection to her....And the baby. ...Read more

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What if your first grade child has to sit next to an HIV positive classmate, and the classmate keeps sneezing on everyone?

What if your first grade child has to sit next to an HIV positive classmate, and the classmate keeps sneezing on everyone?

Use basic higiene: Viral HIV transmission is via direct contact of blood or secretions that have blood in it to mucosal surface, damaged skin of healthy individuals. This happened during sexual activity, blood /blood products transfusions, delivery of a baby via vaginal route. It is not documented that saliva, nasal secretion, tears, urine, even stools are a source of transmission. Still basic higiene is recommended. ...Read more

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Doctor please can a man who is HIV positive get marriage with non infected woman or infected woman and give birth to a child who is HIV negative?

HIV: Yes. Absolutely. Even in nigeria the medical specialist know how to assist you in this situation. There are almost no babies being born any more with hiv. The male being on HIV medications and having the virus be suppressed fully will help you get to this miracle. ...Read more

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Can a HIV positive mother give birth to a HIV negative child, or does the virus always pass through the umbilical cord?

Can a HIV positive mother give birth to a HIV negative child, or does the virus always pass through the umbilical cord?

Not always: Even when mom does not receive antiretrovirals during pregnancy there is only about a 30-50% chance of perinatal infection in the infant. When prophylactic therapy is given this is markedly reduced. ...Read more

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Can an HIV positive baby infect its caretaker?

Can an HIV positive baby infect its caretaker?

Yes: Precautionary measures have to be taken when handling infected baby's body fluids, i.e., blood or saliva. ...Read more

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How can we have a baby, my wife being HIV positive?

Seek high risk OB: You can have a baby if your wife is HIV positive. First see a high risk OB doctor for consultation. ...Read more

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Hiv positive male, negative female, having a baby, what will happen?

Hiv positive male, negative female, having a baby, what will happen?

HIV: We now have the ability to wash sperm and thus there is no risk to the mother or baby here. But, new data, from the numerous worldwide partner studies now shows that an infected human on meds and undetectable is no longer able to transmit HIV in any scenario. ...Read more

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If I am HIV positive and I want a baby what must I do and what pills can I use?

If I am HIV positive and I want a baby what must I do and what pills can I use?

HIV: pregnant: Prior to attempting pregnancy, see a maternal-fetal medicine expert at a university site. Call the OB/GYN department and get an appointment, as there are medications which can essentially reduce the incidence considerably in transmission between a mother and child. ...Read more

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Can I have a negative HIV baby if I am HIV negative and my husband is HIV positive?

Can I have a negative HIV baby if I am HIV negative and my husband is HIV positive?

Fortunately yes: Possible to "wash" sperm if husband is HIV positive. Washed sperm can then be used to impregnante you by "sqirtin" the washed sperm directley into your cerix. Technique is usually quite expensive, however, fertilization is often successful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can an HIV positive male and an HIV negative woman produce an healthy, uninfected baby?

Can an HIV positive male and an HIV negative woman produce an healthy, uninfected baby?

Possible: If the HIV infected man is receiving antiretrovirals and has no measurable viral load the risk to you and your fetus will be reduced, but not eliminated. You have to ask yourself if you want to place yourself at risk of a potentially fatal disease for you and a child. Once pregnant, if you have become hiv+ prophylactic therapy can reduce the risk to the fetus but not eliminate it. ...Read more

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If a baby is HIV positive and got it from the dad of the baby will the mum be HIV positive as well?

If a baby is HIV positive and got it from the dad of the baby will the mum be HIV positive as well?

Yes: Baby can be free of HIV if mom is treated during pregnancy.The sperm that conceives the baby is not carrying the hiv, it must infect the baby later after it is spread to it from mom who may have been infected by the dad or another source. ...Read more

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How unsafe is it for an HIV positive person to be in contact with a pregnant woman or a baby?

Depends on "contact": It depends on what you mean by "contact". Regular contact--talking, shaking hands, etc--is not dangerous. Sexual contact however would run the risk that the uninfected person would contract hiv. Hiv is only transmitted through body fluids, so just regular "hanging out" is fine, but anything that involves possible transfer of body fluids (blood semen) would be dangerous. ...Read more

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What happens if woman is breastfeeding, and she is unware that she is HIV positive? Is her baby doomed?

What happens if woman is breastfeeding, and she is unware that she is HIV positive? Is her baby doomed?

No: Although breastfeeding can lead to acquisition of HIV from a mother with the disease it may not, and if she is aware that she is hiv+ after testing she can stop breast feeding. If the baby has become hiv+ there are pediatricians and pediatric infectious disease experts who can treat the baby quite effectively. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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