A study was conducted to determine if infants born by vacuum extraction could become infected by HIV. This kind of extraction is similar to using a vacuum cleaner. But these are vacuum tubes specially designed for delivering infants. They are kept sterile at all times and are only used for this purpose.
The theory that was being tested was that the HIV virus might not infect the babies if they were extracted this way. The study included 693 infants who were taken out of the womb by vacuum extraction over the course of three years at Edith Wolfson Medical Center.
No mothers were coaxed into having their babies extracted by vacuum for the purposes of the Kogan. The study only observed the babies being delivered by vacuum extraction; it was never a participant. Of those who were extracted from mothers with HIV, most of them were infected with the same virus. This was determined to be caused by the effect a vacuum extraction could have on the infant’s scalp. In many cases, the process cut the scalp, creating a laceration. This allowed the virus to enter easily and infect the babies.
Other methods have been used over the years with varying degrees of success. The goal has always been to preserve the child as best as possible while reducing stress on the mother and ensure that the virus does not propagate. Studies and research continues on this subject and will likely continue for a while. No definite cure for herpes or HIV has yet been found.
But at least research of this type helps eliminate methods that are not useful and brings researchers one step closer to finding a true solution.…