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What if I'm living with HIV?

Created by BabyCenter

If you are living with HIV, you are not alone; lots of pregnant women are living with HIV. But you can prevent it being passed to your baby with the right care during pregnancy.

If you have not been tested for HIV yet, you may be able to get tested at a health centre or hospital. Only you will know the results, but you could take a trusted family member or friend with you for support.

If your first HIV test was negative you will be offered another test later in pregnancy. Please take it if you can. You can avoid passing HIV to your baby with the right care.

It can be scary to find out you have HIV. Give yourself time to get used to it. No one can see it and lots of pregnant women are living with it. Medicine will help to prevent transmission of HIV to your baby. Some health facilities offer this medicine free.

You can lead a normal life if you take all your medicines and look after yourself.

You will need medicines called antiretrovirals (ARVs). ARVs help you live a healthy life. ARVs also help to make sure that HIV does not spread to your baby.

If you have HIV, your baby will also need to take ARVs after she is born. They can prevent her developing HIV when you are breastfeeding her.

10 February 2015