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The placental barrier to maternal HIV infection.


Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 1997 Dec;24(4):797-820. Unique Identifier

Infection with HIV destroys the immune system and causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Death results from common bacterial and opportunistic infections that are rare in persons with a healthy immune system. HIV infection frequently is a fatal sexually transmitted disease that can also be transmitted from an infected mother to her offspring.

*Disease Transmission, Vertical/PREVENTION & CONTROL *HIV Infections/TRANSMISSION *Placenta/VIROLOGY *Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/VIROLOGY


Information in this article was accurate in April 30, 1998. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.