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Same Sex Couple Said Yes To Adopting Girl Born With HIV After 10 Families Rejected Her

Date October 22, 2019 12:17

Research found that 120,000-160,000 women in the United States live with HIV with around 7,000 of them giving birth annually. For women infected with HIV, the risks of transmission to the child are reduced through new treatments, with some reducing the chances to 2 percent or less.

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But what happens when a child is born with the HIV virus? This child’s inspirational story will make you believe that with support from a loving family, having HIV is not the end.

Same-sex couple adopted baby born with HIV

Damian Pighin and Ariel Vijarra became famous as the first same-sex couple to marry in Santa Fe, Argentina. But what many do not know is that the couple adopted a girl born with HIV after 10 other families rejected her!

In 2014, Damian and Ariel received a call that informed them that they had the chance to adopt a beautiful baby girl, Olivia. The two, who are experienced in helping families adopt unwanted children had no reservations about adopting her.

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As the story goes, it was love at first sight for the two as they made an immediate connection with the child. As they held her for the first time, she did not even let out a single cry, and that’s when she understood that she was special.

Olivia started treatments right away and from the beginning, showed positive results. In a short time, tests showed that HIV was no longer detectable in her body, meaning she won’t suffer from the virus not be able to spread it to others. It was an incredible turn of events.

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Since Olivia, the couple adopted another girl, Victoria making their family bigger and happier.

What to know about adopting kids with HIV

Internationally, more families have been adopting children with special needs, including those known to be HIV+. Parents need to understand that with treatment, positive kids can live long and healthy lives with anti-retroviral drugs, nutrition, and support.

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That said, it's also important to note that adopting HIV+ kids is not for everyone and experts suggest considering it deeply before making the decision. When adopted, kids with HIV have a chance at a normal life, since with proper healthcare, they can achieve anything they set their minds to. Everyone deserves a chance at a better life.

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