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Blood markers may reflect newborns' potential of contracting HIV

these prenatal conditions. In addition, these babies had higher levels of CCR5, a molecule that HIV uses to infect cells.

"These results help us understand why children born to HIV-infected mothers with chorioamnionitis or preterm labor have a higher risk of transmission," says Bernstein, an instructor of gynecology and obstetrics.

"Physicians may want to consider these findings when caring for infants at risk for HIV transmission after these problems. Other potential implications for clinical practice may include more aggressive treatment of HIV-infected mothers with these prenatal conditions."


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Contact: Karen Blum
kblum@jhmi.edu
410-955-1534
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
18-Jan-2002


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