Congenital aids is the result of the virus spreading to babies born to, or breastfed by mothers infected with the virus. Some symptoms include: skin rashes, oral thrush, high fever, chicken pox, and constant ear infections.
Early detection of HIV offers more options for treatment. There are medical treatments that can slow down the rate at which HIV weakens the immune system, but currently there is no cure for the disease. Antiretroviral drug therapy has proven to greatly reduce th infant developing HIV. A c-section may be recommended to reduce infant transmission from th birth canal.
Congenital aids is th most common birth defect globally. Every year approximately 370,000 babies are born with congenital aids, mostly is sub-Saharan Africa. Without treatment more than half of the children die before the age of two.
Pregnant mothers can reduce the chances of their child getting aids or HIV by taking antiretroviral drugs and opting for a c-section.
There are support groups in Indiana and Kentucky available for a child and their parents to utilize. These support groups are: aids ministries/aids assist of north Indiana, Damien center, the aids project, aids services center coalition, heartland care, inc, and Matthew 25 aids services.