A new HIV patient is a daily occurrence here but today's caught me off guard.
Mom brought in 5 month old Beldine who was smiling and the rolls of thigh fat indicated she had not missed any feeding opportunities. Mom apparently is HIV positive and took prophylactic medicine only the last month of the pregnancy and for whatever reason Beldine was not placed on medication for the first month of life to further reduce her chance of contracting HIV. She fortunately did get tested recently and her HIV PCR test was positive. She was started immediately on medication and will hopefully keep the HIV virus under control.
If current protocols are followed the chance of mom's passing HIV on to their children can be reduced from 20-25% to 2 %. Prevention is the only way out of this crisis.