Human immune deficiency virus is a viral infection that attacks T-cells that assist the body fight infections, making the person weaker and vulnerable to other infections, diseases and chronic conditions.
The disease is incurable but can be managed by taking antiretroviral therapy drugs that prevents transmission of the disease to other people, as well as reduce the viral load in the body.
If you are pregnant and have HIV/AIDS, there is a high risk of passing HIV to your baby during pregnancy during childbirth and during breastfeeding.
The risk increases if there is vaginal bleeding before birth, during and after birth and if the placenta comes away from the walls of the womb before the baby is born.
However, by taking HIV/AIDS medicines, you can reduce the risk of transmitting the disease to the unborn child. The medicines prevents transmission of the virus from mother to baby during child birth.
According to medical doctors, your baby needs to take HIV/AIDS drugs for 4-6 weeks depending on the viral load in the mother's blood stream. The doctors can also reduce the risk by opting for Caesarian section rather than natural birth.
You can give birth to a healthy baby despite living with HIV/AIDS with proper dieting, medical intervention and regular clinics.
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