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Having a baby

Roger Pebody

Lots of people with HIV have had babies without passing on the infection. To do so, you need some help from your doctor.

If you are a woman with HIV, it's important to take anti-HIV drugs during while pregnant, consider a Caesarean section and not breastfeed your baby.

There are steps for men to take too.

Click here to see our illustrated leaflet giving basic information on having a baby without passing on HIV.

This leaflet is also available in Arabic, Dutch, French, GermanItalian, NorwegianRomanian, Russian and Spanish.

Having a baby

Published February 2012

Last reviewed February 2012

Next review February 2014

Our information levels explained

  • Short and simple introductions to key HIV topics, sometimes illustrated with pictures.
  • Expands on the previous level, but also written in easy-to-understand plain language.
  • More detailed information, likely to include medical and scientific language.
  • Detailed, comprehensive information, using medical and specialised language.

Contact NAM to find out more about the scientific research and information used to produce this leaflet.

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.