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5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

32 babies born to parents with Aids in Kuwait

Thirty-two children were born between 2000 and 2012 to parents who had Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Aids) without contracting the disease in Kuwait, an official has said.

"These children undergo specific medical treatment before they are delivered to ensure that they will not contract the disease from parents," Dr. Jamal Al Duaij, Head of the infectious disease hospital, told Kuwait News Agency (Kuna).

"It is possible for parents to give birth to an Aids-free child. People who have Aids can lead normal lives, thanks to recent advancements in medical science and treatment."

Aids is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The illness interferes with the immune system, making people with Aids much more likely to get infections, including opportunistic infections and tumors that do not affect people with working immune systems. The susceptibility gets worse as the disease continues.

Aids was first recognised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1981 and its cause, HIV, identified in the early 1980s. It has led to nearly 30 million deaths on a global scale since the discovery.


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