Dr. Flash talks through how women with HIV can safely have children without HIV.
The risk of passing HIV from mother to child during pregnancy, birth and through breastfeeding can be almost eliminated. Antiretrovirals (ARVs), the medications used to treat HIV, not only keep expectant mothers with HIV healthy, but are also highly effective at preventing mother-to-child transmission. If a woman with HIV takes ARVs as prescribed throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, and treatment is provided to the baby after birth for 4-6 weeks, the risk of transmitting the virus is one percent or less.
Women with HIV who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should talk with a healthcare provider to determine the best health care options for them and their baby.
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