Nov 16 2009

HIV AIDS Transmission

HIV AIDS transmission Here’s question five in our lead-up to World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

Remember when you answer each day’s HIV/AIDS question correctly, you are eligible to win a free CD – your choice of either Portable Sounds by tobyMac or Beyond Measure by Jeremy Camp. We’ll randomly choose a winner each day from the correct answers.

The answer to Friday’s question is 1,000.

During 2007, an average of 1,000 children worldwide became infected each day with HIV, the vast majority of them newborns. Many people living in poverty are never tested and are unaware of their HIV positive status, thus increasing the rate of transmission. An important focus of our AIDS Initiative is the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

Source: 2008 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic Executive Summary, pg.8

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  1. Mike Stephens
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 2:30 am

    False b/c they can get through the milk

  2. Adam Forwood
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 2:44 am

    No, the child does not have any kind of immunity.

  3. Rachel
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 2:56 am

    False- the baby is not completely safe from contracting AIDS from his/her momma.

  4. TransitionGirl
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 2:57 am

    false. i hope its true, but i’m saying false.

  5. dean
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 4:07 am

    That would be false

  6. Sarah Charles
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 6:21 am

    False, the child could still contract the disease in other ways; it is blood borne and if,for example, the child had a cut and the mother’s blood somehow came into contact with it, the child could still become infected.

  7. Nov 16, 2009
    at 6:22 am

    FALSE – The infant may contract HIV during pregnancy, childbirth, or through nursing (breast milk).

  8. Sarah Charles
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 6:29 am

    Breastfeeding can transmit HIV as well. Wow, what a dilemma in countries where there are not other ways to feed the baby…I never really thought of that before…

  9. Nov 16, 2009
    at 7:12 am

    The baby can still contract HIV from his/her mother if she breastfeeds.

  10. Amy Wallace
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 7:48 am

    I’m going to say false.

  11. Katie
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 9:32 am

    The answer is false.

  12. Nov 16, 2009
    at 10:10 am

    False because HIV can be transmitted through breastfeeding.

  13. Jenny
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 6:28 pm

    Unfortunately it is false

  14. Nov 16, 2009
    at 9:07 pm

    The child can still become infected from breastfeeding.

  15. Sara Benson
    Nov 16, 2009
    at 11:03 pm

    False. Hiv can be transmitted through breastfeeding.

  16. Nov 17, 2009
    at 3:42 pm

    The answer is false, and our winner is Sara Benson.

    Congratulations Sara!

    HIV can be passed from a mother to her child in three ways: during pregnancy, during childbirth, or through the breast milk. Even though children may not be infected when they are born, they can still be infected later through their mother’s breast milk.

    Simple drug interventions, however, can prevent mother-to-child transmission, which can greatly reduce the overall rate of HIV transmission.

    Source: The Skeptic’s Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis by Dale Hanson Bourke (Colorado Springs, Colo.: Authentic Books, 2006), p. 15

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