Information about the use of antiretroviral drugs in pregnancy and other aspects of care for HIV-positive women during pregnancy, so as to prevent vertical transmission and ensure the best outcomes for both mother and infant.

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  • Having a baby

    In the UK, thousands of women with HIV have given birth to healthy babies.Taking anti-HIV drugs during the pregnancy will protect your baby from HIV.If...

    From: The basics

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  • Bacterial vaginosis

    Women may get bacterial vaginosis when the balance of normal bacteria in their vagina becomes disrupted.It is common and various activities seem to increase the...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Viral load

    Effective HIV treatment results in a fall in viral loadAn undetectable viral load is the aim of HIV treatment.People who are taking effective HIV treatment...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Health monitoring during pregnancy

    If a woman has HIV, it is possible for it to be passed on to her baby during pregnancy or delivery, or through breastfeeding. For this reason,...

    From: Booklets

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  • Contraception, conception and pregnancy

    Becoming a parent of a healthy, HIV-negative child is now a very realistic option for many people with HIV. However, you may want to plan when pregnancy...

    From: Booklets

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  • HIV and having a baby

    Women living with HIV can give birth without passing on HIV to the baby.Your options for conception will depend on your health and your partner’s...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Pregnancy and birth

    British HIV Association (BHIVA) guidelines set out the treatment and care people with HIV in the UK can expect to receive. Its most recent guidelines on HIV...

    From: Booklets

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  • Life goes on

    In some countries, not everyone who needs HIV treatment can get hold of it. Likewise, in the UK 20 or 30 years ago, effective HIV treatment didn’t...

    From: Booklets

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  • Consent to HIV tests and treatment

    The right to refuse medical tests and treatment, and how this applies to adults without mental capacity, pregnant women, children and young people....

    From: Social & legal issues for people with HIV

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  • HIV & Pregnancy

    Personalised information about having a baby. (Smartphone version available.)...

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  • Mother-to-child transmission

    HIV can pass from an HIV-positive mother to her child:During pregnancy – the foetus is infected by HIV crossing the placenta.During childbirth – the...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

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  • South Africa urgently needs an antiretroviral pregnancy registry

    With the dolutegravir roll-out around the corner, the time is now ripe for patients and activists to demand a prospective pregnancy registry for the whole of South Africa. Whether it is a new endeavour or piggy-backs on international efforts is a matter for debate, but it is the only way we can answer the question of dolutegravir’s safety with the minimum number of women being exposed to the drug. It’s the least that patients deserve.

    29 January 2019 | Spotlight
  • As A Strategy for HIV Prevention, Disabling the CCR5 Gene in Embryos Implanted in HIV-Negative Mothers Makes Zero Sense

    Here are a bunch of things we know about HIV prevention. You’ll note that nowhere on this list is anything about preventing HIV in babies born to women who don’t have the virus to begin with — because the babies are not at risk, even if the mother’s male sexual partner has HIV.

    03 December 2018 | NEJM Journal Watch
  • Gene editing won’t help the fight against HIV, understanding one’s risk and prevention options will

    Andrew Chidgey says HIV positive men and women can already have HIV negative babies through the use of medication and some well-recognised precautions. This negates the need for gene editing to prevent transmission of HIV and raises ethical questions about a Chinese scientist’s recently announced research.

    01 December 2018 | South China Morning Post
  • Children, HIV and AIDS: The world today and in 2030

    The world pledged to end AIDS by 2030. While we have seen remarkable progress in the past decade among children aged 0-9 years, adolescents have been left behind in HIV prevention efforts. A staggering 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases between 2018 and 2030 without additional investment in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programs.

    30 November 2018 | UNICEF
  • Babies born to mums with HIV face higher risks even though they’re HIV negative

    HIV-uninfected children born to mothers with HIV are prone to infections that are more severe, are at almost two times greater risk of dying before their first birthday, and are more likely to be born prematurely than children born to mothers without HIV.

    29 November 2018 | The Conversation
  • HIV Researchers Slam The Scientist Who Made Genetically Engineered Babies

    HIV researchers are incensed that the first reported use of gene editing in human embryos was aimed at conferring HIV immunity, criticizing the move as reckless and unnecessary.

    27 November 2018 | Buzzfeed
  • Malaysia eliminates HIV transmission from mother-to-child

    Malaysia celebrates milestone victory for preventable diseases in babies.

    05 November 2018 | AVERT
  • Nigeria highest producer of HIV-infected babies

    The Federal Government has confirmed a report, which ranks Nigeria first on the list of countries with high record of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in the world.

    05 November 2018 | Daily Post
  • Uganda: Mother-to-child HIV infections drop by 86%

    Mother-to-child HIV infections in Uganda have fallen to an all-time low of 4,000 in 2017, from 25,000 in 2011, First Lady and Education minister Janet Museveni has said.

    23 October 2018 | The Observer
  • Dolutegravir Use During Pregnancy: What Are the Risks?

    Infectious Disease Advisor spoke to Rebecca M. Zash, MD, a co-investigator of the interim analysis by the Tsepamo Study in Botswana, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July.

    22 October 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
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