HIV-positive women ‘more likely to transmit cytomegalovirus to babies’

HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus (CMV) in their urine at the time of labour and delivery are more than five times likelier to transmit HIV to their babies than HIV-positive women without CMV, according to a new study led by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The researchers also discovered that they are nearly 30 times likelier to transmit CMV to their infants.

It was also revealed that women who had gonorrhea when they gave birth were nearly 20 times more likely to pass CMV on to their babies.

The virus does not typically cause any problems for people with healthy immune systems, but babies infected through their mothers and people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV, can experience serious health problems.

CMV can impair foetal growth, while babies born with the virus can suffer damage to the brain, liver, lungs and spleen, as well as hearing loss.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801837151-ADNFCR