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Is my baby HIV positive?

Q: I am a 32 years old HIV positive man and came to know about my HIV status when my wife was one month pregnant. All HIV tests done to my wife after three, six and nine months fortunately came negative. My wife has delivered a baby girl just a month back. How do I make sure that my baby is not infected with HIV?

A:Whether the baby has got HIV infection or not will simply depend on whether your wife has HIV infection or not. Your baby is likely to be HIV negative if -

  1. You have not had unprotected sex with your wife in last 5 months.
  2. Your wife has not breast fed your baby after delivery.
  3. For knowing your wife's current status, you may get another test for HIV done on your wife. For knowing the HIV status of your baby, you can get a DNA PCR test for HIV done on her (baby) when she is more than 6 weeks of age. If your wife tests HIV negative now, you must ensure that you don't have unprotected sex (sex without proper use of condoms etc.) with her anytime.


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