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If someone has a virus like hiv, hcv ir htlv while pregnant will the baby automatically test positive for it after birth?
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Good question for your doctor.  Is someone you know or are you pregnant with any of these health issues?  Normally they test the mom and if positive, they then do specific things to help prevent transmission to the baby.  It is not a given.  They begin testing babies at about 14 days after birth from an hiv + mom. They begin medication for the baby at about 4 to 6 weeks to help continue to prevent transmission.  Babies have to test negative twice to be considered HIV free. So, it's possible it can happen but not automatic with HIV.  

There are different types of hepatitis.  Hep A is associated with things like preterm labor.  Hepatitis B does often transmit to the baby in 90% of the cases but that means 10% don't. Women can often get the Hep vaccine while pregnant since it isn't a live virus in the vaccine but that is something to discuss with one's doctor. (this is for hep B only). FAR fewer women pass hep C to their babies at about 4% only.  So, that is not as big of a risk for transmission.


Htlv is not as studied but poses risk for transmission.  Speak to your doctor about that.  

Again, is this something you are battling or just anxious about or wondering about?
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Just wondering about
I just meant is the initial test positive?
I am thinking of getting pregnant one day but never been checked yet so I’m curious about every risk possible
973741 tn?1342346373
So, you really likely do not have ANY of these.  I wouldn't be concerned.  They do test (or you can test now for hiv, std's, etc.).  But there is no real reason to be concerned.  
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I guess with the caveat if you are a drug user that reuses needles.  Hope that is not the case but it puts you at higher risk for hiv.
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