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Can you avoid infecting your baby? If you were h.I.V. Positive since birth, and you were to get pregnant... Is there a way to protect your baby from the virus? (the father does not have h.I.V)

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Dr. Amar Ashraf
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Can reduce chance

Effective antiretroviral therapy can reduce chances of HIV transmission to baby while pregnant.
Specially if HIV virus remains undetectable in blood throughout the pregnancy by taking antiretroviral regularly. Also antiretroviral prophylaxis to baby during delivery further reduce the chance of infection to baby.

In brief: Can reduce chance

Effective antiretroviral therapy can reduce chances of HIV transmission to baby while pregnant.
Specially if HIV virus remains undetectable in blood throughout the pregnancy by taking antiretroviral regularly. Also antiretroviral prophylaxis to baby during delivery further reduce the chance of infection to baby.
Dr. Amar Ashraf
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics

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The risks of mother to child HIV transmission can be reduced to less than 2% as long as the mother is on antiretroviral therapy throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, the baby goes on antiretroviral therapy for a short time after birth, and that an elective c-section is performed if the mom's viral load is over 1, 000 copies/ml.
Anyone who is HIV positive who is pregnant or is thinking of becoming pregnant should discuss this with their ob/gyne and/or their infectious disease doctor.

In brief: The

The risks of mother to child HIV transmission can be reduced to less than 2% as long as the mother is on antiretroviral therapy throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, the baby goes on antiretroviral therapy for a short time after birth, and that an elective c-section is performed if the mom's viral load is over 1, 000 copies/ml.
Anyone who is HIV positive who is pregnant or is thinking of becoming pregnant should discuss this with their ob/gyne and/or their infectious disease doctor.
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