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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?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Not always

Modern prenatal care of the HIV positive mother works to keep her in good control with the lowest viral load.
In this setting less than 5% of newborns will acquire HIV. They are put on HIV meds.They will be monitored closely with blood tests. It can take up to 18 months for transferred maternal antibody to stop interfering with common HIV tests & be sure the kid did not acquire the infection.

In brief: Not always

Modern prenatal care of the HIV positive mother works to keep her in good control with the lowest viral load.
In this setting less than 5% of newborns will acquire HIV. They are put on HIV meds.They will be monitored closely with blood tests. It can take up to 18 months for transferred maternal antibody to stop interfering with common HIV tests & be sure the kid did not acquire the infection.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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