Childhood Diseases

Posted by: ama | 2012/08/13


HIV +ve Nanny

Hi Doc &  your Panel
My son is 9 and half months old &  i took note that the Nanny is taking some pills which when i checked them were for HIV patients (Novivir). Unfortunate she stole my money &  i have a Good excuse to fire her as i couldn''t fire her for her HIV status as that would mean i was discriminating her though she didn''t disclose to me as the mother of the baby.
Do i have to panic and test my sons for HIV as he has been the one close to her whilst i was at work?
Or what test does my son have to go for?
i''m very scared at the same time i don''t want to scare our families about this but my son''s father knows

Expert's Reply



There is no real need for concern here. Your son's nanny is on full AIDS treatment. As you know transmission of AIDS is usually through sexual intercourse in adults or much more rarely by contact with blood from an infected person through an open wound. As both of these causes need not even to be considered here, there is no need for concern. If you still remain concerned, you can take your baby son for an HIV test, but this is really only to completely reassure you.Please do not dismiss your nanny.

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Posted by: LOLLY | 2012/09/04

U know its scary just how much some people still dont know about HIV and how its transmitted! I suppose it''s the thought that " it will not happen to me, its only affect a certain group"  Some poeple realy need to take take a drastic mind shift.

Can you imagine Ama if you foundout that your employer is considering firing you due to a disease that you have which doesnt even affect your ability to do the job?

The truth Ama is anyone having unprotected sex can get HIV. U have no idea what your partner does behind your back, at times we survive on God''s grace.

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Posted by: ama | 2012/08/17

Thanks for your response ..i will do more reading

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/08/13

Your nanny is extremely unlikely to have transmitted HIV to your son.

It is transmitted via sexual contact and blood, so unless they both had open wounds its unlikely.

Yes, to dismiss someone for their HiV status is discriminatory as it doesn''t affect their ability to work.

Of course you are worried, but please read up a bit on HIV and how its transmitted and so on.

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