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How to get Pregnant with HIV

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HIV infection is now becoming increasingly common nowadays. Yet, somehow, people are becoming more aware of this infection now because of the widespread information dissemination. If you are one of those women who have HIV infection and who wants to get or is already pregnant, then read on because this article is for you.

The danger lies in the fact that you are posing risk to your unborn baby as a result of the infection. It is said that if the mother does not get medication as early as possible, and if they breastfeed for 18 to 24 months, up to 35% babies of infected mothers will get HIV.

It is said that mothers with higher viral loads are more likely to infect their babies. Now, your goal as a mother is to minimize transmitting HIV to your baby as soon as possible. It is not only you who must play a role, also your partner. Here are some ways on how to minimize transmission while being pregnant

The male factor

If a man is infected with HIV, one of the options is washing his sperm first so that he can fertilize a woman and produce a healthy baby. Although this option is very promising, it is also very expensive.

Have you and your partner treated

You have to be treated with antiretroviral medications. It is said that the risk of transmitting HIV is extremely low if antiretroviral medications are used. Transmission rates are only 1% to 2% if the mother takes antiretroviral therapy.

However, with regards to treatment, you should heed the advice of your obstetrician regarding this. Some medications are to be avoided at the discretion of your doctor during the first three months of your pregnancy to lessen the risks of serious birth defects.

Discuss with your obstetrician

One of the concerns here is prolonged delivery time which poses a higher risk for infection. You and your obstetrician should keep delivery time short: If you have a high viral load, you might reduce the risk of transmission if you deliver your baby by cesarean section.

Your obstetrician will also instruct you regarding aftercare of your baby. It is said that up to 15% of babies may get HIV infection from infected breast milk. Your pediatrician should counsel you about this.

You should also have your baby tested right after delivery to know whether he or she is infected or not. If babies are infected with HIV, their own immune systems will start to make antibodies. They will continue to test positive. If they are not infected, the mother's antibodies will eventually disappear. The babies will test negative after about 12 to 18 months.