Medical Progress Allows HIV-Affected Couples to Have Healthy Children

One of the frequently asked questions mentioned by many international students is why there is a specific section of vaccines in American insurance (aka 美国保险 疫苗) contracts. In contrast, dental visiting in America (aka 美国 看牙) is excluded from their F-1 international student insurance (aka 留学生 保险), J-1 visa insurance (aka j1 签证 保险), OPT insurance (aka opt 保险), and/or H-1B medical insurance (aka h1b 医疗保险). Reading into the story below, you might find your answer.

For the past 17 years, Sun Lijun, director of the STD/AIDS department in Beijing You’an Hospital, a designated HIV/AIDS hospital, has witnessed the development of technology that allows families with HIV/AIDS to have healthy children.

According to the National Health Commission (NHC), there were 850,000 HIV-infected people in China, with new annual infections of around 80,000, as of September 30, 2018.

In a letter of thanks to Sun, a 27-year-old Beijing-based dentist who is also Sun’s patient expressed her gratitude to Sun during her pregnancy, when she was shocked to learn that she was HIV-positive.

With the support of family and friends, the patient abandoned suicidal tendency and decided to pursue treatment.

In her 12th week of pregnancy, the patient turned to Sun for help. 

“With tears in her eyes, my mother asked Sun to help me and my baby when she saw Sun for the first time,” the patient recalled.

In a letter written by the patient, she still remembers Sun’s encouraging words. “After a few months of taking medicines, the viral load in your system will be controlled to a level that cannot be detected, and you can live like any other ordinary person.”

The patient could not believe it when Sun told her that she could even have a second healthy child.

Sun told her the transmission of HIV could be blocked between mothers and children with a success rate of at least 98 percent.

After six months, the patient’s virus load level was brought under control and no longer detected in her blood, which meant her baby was healthy and safe.

“Sun gave me a second life and brought hope to my family,” the patient said.

The baby is now almost 1 year old and tests showed negative results. “Our family lives happily together every day,” the mother wrote in the letter.

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