RENO, NV - It’s one of the happiest days of a woman's life--the birth of her child.
But for one woman, who we'll call Tracy, her delivery date was filled with dread.
That's because when she got her pregnancy test results at four months, she also received another positive test. Only it was for HIV.
“I was scared fear of the unknown and I didn't know anything bout HIV at the time,” says Tracy.
“Then there are women who don't find out they are infected until they are pregnant and that's a double whammy right there,” says Trudy Larson, Chairman of the University of Nevada School of Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Larson says recent state laws require women to get an AID-HIV test as part of their pregnancy testing.
That's because something can be done during that nine months so that most babies don't have to be born with the disease.
Dr. Larson says mothers are immediately put on anti-viral medications to get the virus under control
Because blood can transfer to the baby at the time of delivery, an I-V is administered, and then the baby is put on medication for six weeks.
“Tests are so sensitive that we know usually by 3 to 4 months of age whether they are infected or not. In 18 years all the babies have been negative and that's a wonderful thing,” says Dr. Larson.
Tracy received her medical treatment here at the Hope Clinic during her pregnancy, she still does.
Friday night a fund raiser at the baseball stadium.
“Home Runs for Hopes” will contribute a portion of ticket sales to fund HIV and aids programs at the clinic.
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