KFSH&RC: 100 Uninfected Newborns from Parents Living with AIDS




Dr. Magid Abdel-Haleem, an infectious diseases consultant at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Riyadh revealed that the number of newborns that are in good health and proven to be completely free from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which have been done in the hospital from infected parent have exceeded one hundred (100) child, who are being followed-up in the hospital and who are enjoying good health.

He further added that all of these children are being followed-up as per a specified treatment plan for 5 years which prevents the transmission of the disease to the newborns who present all labors done in the hospital for such cases.

He clarified that the number of AIDS patients who receive treatment in King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre re currently 600 infected cases, about 70% of which are males, 30% are females and children. He stated that the first diagnosed case infected with the disease in the hospital and who received treatment was in 1989 A.D. and is still alive. While, the last case diagnosed to be infected with Immune Deficiency Syndrome was last week.

Dr. Abdel-Haleem asserted that “In case the infected parents with AIDS desire reproduction, the hospital adopts a treatment plan focusing on increasing the ratio of the immunological cells and decreasing the ratio of the virus in blood so as to reach an unreadable ratio. This can be done only through using appropriate treatments provided by the “Specialist” regularly as per the case of the infected persons. In addition to observing the parents' health periodically and continuously so as to allow the mother to be pregnant and so following her up regularly at OB/GYN clinic to ensure that the virus is not transmitted during pregnancy and labor”.

Furthermore, the thirteenth annual workshop of AIDS has been launched in King Salman Auditorium in King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday 3-4 December 2016 with the objective of acquainting the specialists in medical care with the latest in modern medicine as regards this field.

Dr. Magid Abdel-Haleem, head of the Organizing Committee, pointed out that the medical workshop of AIDS has discussed the significant latest developments in epidemiology, clinical infection from Human Immunodeficiency Virus, and latest treatments of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, in addition to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (AIDS) in children. The workshops also have discussed economic, social, and psychological sides, with 30 specialists participating from the Kingdom and other countries and 29 research papers with the objective of observing statistics related to this virus internationally and locally, raising awareness of specialists and practitioners, intensifying awareness programs for the community, in addition to collaboration between health sectors in the kingdom about the latest of AIDS.