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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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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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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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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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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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How safe is the use of azt (zidovudine) for HIV positive mothers?

How safe is the use of azt (zidovudine) for HIV positive mothers?

Quite safe!!: Bone marrow and liver problems are remote- in fact, this drug is used to prevent the vertical transmission of HIV ( mother-to-infant). ...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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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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I was HIV negative after 6 weeks exposer .. what are the chances of it turning positive? if I am hiv positive will I be able to live a long life?

I was HIV negative after 6 weeks exposer .. what are the chances of it turning positive? if I am hiv positive will I be able to live a long life?

Repeat after 12 wks: Of exposure, most probably it will be negative still, please be careful, practice safe sex if you are sexually active, abstinence or monogamous relationship is the best, even you are infected, God forbids, treatment to control the virus is available and you would live long, take care ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more


Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Hiv Positive (Definition)

Hiv-positive people are people who have the human immunodeficiency virus hiv, the agent of the ...Read more