HIV is transmitted in various ways. For pregnant women, it can be transmitted to the baby's blood if you do not take the medication. It can also be transmitted during childbirth and breastfeeding. A woman living with HIV can pass it on to her baby through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) or vertical transmission.
There are number of ways you can prevent passing the HIV virus to your baby, which include
1. Taking ARV's treatment
Taking this treatment properly, can reduce the risk of the baby being born HIV positive to less than1%. The baby will also be on treatement for six weeks after being born to prevent developing HIV infection.
2. Through caesarean section
If your viral load is over 1000, a caesarean section is recommended. This prevents the baby coming into contact with fluids and blood during the normal child birth.
3. Opting not to breastfeed your baby
If your HIV becomes detectable, either you or the baby have tummy problems it is advisable you bottlefeed the baby rather than breastfeeding.
It is possible to be HIV positive and get pregnant, but you need to take all the necessary precautions to prevent your baby from contracting the virus.
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