What happens to babies born from HIV infected mothers?

What happens to the babies after they are delivered?

Do they develop an immunity to the HIV virus or do they eventually develop AIDS?

Are the antiviral medications helpful and are they given in the same regiment and dosing as adults with HIV?

Thank you in advance.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Babies born to HIV+ moms do not develop immunity to the disease neither all are contracting HIV and developing AIDS (some will, but not all)

    The babies who are born to HIV+ moms have to be treated right from birth with antiviral meds and be tested for HIV at regular intervals

    Of course, it goes without saying that moms who are HIV+ are not allowed to breast feed their babies for the obvious reasons.

    Unfortunately, in many countries in Africa where HIV+ women give birth in high numbers, they are allowed to breast feed their babies as milk is very expensive to buy thus many of them pass the infection to their babies.

    In USA we started having a second generation of HIV+ people who acquired the disease at birth, they were given meds all their life and now as grown ups they are becoming parents themselves

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  • 4 years ago

    The only way a baby can be born with HIV is to acquire the virus from its mother (physically) --- usually during childbirth. The mom should have been offered routine prenatal screening that, if agreed to, would contain an HIV test. Without medical intervention if the mom is HIV+ there is a 29% chance that she will pass HIV onto her baby. With excellent medical care, antiretrovirals starting 2nd trimester, and a few modifications during delivery (inlcuding IV antiretrovirals), followed by a 1 month dose of antiretroviral(s) for the baby....all of this together works out to a risk of transmission somewhere under 1%. So, it is very possible he is negative even if his mother is HIV+. If his mother is HIV- there is NO chance that the child is positive

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  • jlb
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    9 years ago

    A baby born to an HIV or AIDS positive woman is tested several times over the 1st months after birth. Most do not contract it, but they don't have an immunity to the virus.

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  • 9 years ago

    we actually just went over this in nursing school. there is a 20-30% chance of them actually getting HIV. they can get tested as soon as 6 months, but it might even take 15 months for all of the mothers antibodies to get out of the baby, therefore they cannot accurately test till all the mothers are out of their systems.

    if they do in fact get HIV, it can eventually turn into AIDS (just like any other HIV positive person)

    there are no medications to prevent them from getting it (no vaccine) and they can undergo treatment, and it will be in the dosages that is right for their bodies.

    its so sad :(

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  • 9 years ago

    They do not develop immunity to HIV. However, they can prevent transmission and reduce the number of infants affected by HIV. See CDC notice below.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    There is a very slim chance of the baby getting HIV from his/her mother (with the help of drugs). And no, they don't get an immunity.

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  • one of my clients had HIV and had 4 children and was also pregnant and i can confirm 3 of them did not contract HIV and neither did any of them gain immunity to the disease. if they were able to get immunity this way their blood cells would have been replicated to make an antivirus by now.

    the baby is encased in the womb and only blood to blood contact or body fluid contact of certain fluids can increase the transfer of HIV

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