How To Find Out Children Suffering From HIV From A Mother Whose HIV Status Is Unknown?
Hello. Straight to. About four years ago I last took a risky action. Two years later I gave birth to a healthy child and now the child is two years old with normal growth, healthy, no significant health problems since birth. Until now I have never tested HIV too. Now, what I want to ask, is by analyzing the condition of my child / offspring who were born healthy, growing well, what percentage is it that I and my child are free of HiV? Because honestly I am very afraid to test HIV, I feel we are healthy but afraid if it turns out not. If the chances of us being HIV-free were high, maybe I would have dared to take an HIV test. Please answer.
Hello Fulansaja, Thank you for your question.
Children born with HIV contract this virus from mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and while breastfeeding. Not all children born with HIV have symptoms. The symptoms experienced by each child also vary which can include:
stunted growth (weight gain)
disorders of the nervous system such as having seizures, difficulty walking, having learning difficulties
Over time, HIV can develop in the body and cause further disruption to the immune system. Sufferers will easily experience infections and other serious illnesses.
Regarding the probability you and your child are infected with HIV can not be known with certainty because there is no information about the HIV status of your partner or others when you take risky actions. However, if you take a risky action the possibility of you getting HIV is always there. Therefore, you should immediately conduct HIV counseling at the hospital and undergo an HIV check to determine whether you have HIV infection. Your healthy condition cannot be used as a reference that you do not have HIV infection because latent HIV infection can occur for years where the sufferer does not experience any symptoms but the virus still develops in the body. Therefore, you should do this check, yes.
Hopefully this information is useful.