Pregnancy and HIV

The chance of an HIV Positive mother transmitting her infection to her baby can be reduced from 15 – 25% to less that 2 – 3% if appropriate interventions are used. 

These would include the mother taking HIV medicines (some but not all are safe in pregnancy) to reduce her viral load, avoidance of prolonged labour (caesarean section often recommended), no breastfeeding, HIV medication for the baby for 4 – 6 weeks after the birth.

This is quite a complicated area so you should speak to your HIV doctor or nurse if you are considering pregnancy. 

All pregnant woman in Scotland are now offered an HIV test routinely to reduce mother to baby transmission of HIV.

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