HIV :: Pregnancy and AIDS – Facts

A woman infected with HIV

– can lead a normal life

– has the same chances of getting pregnant as a non-infected woman as HIV infection does not lead to inferlity

– however, they should avoid becoming pregnant, as they can pass on the infection to the child

– pregnancy may increase the risk of her actually developing AIDS instead of just carrying the virus

– an infected pregnant woman can pass on HIV virus to her baby during pregnancy or shortly after child birth. such a child may also develop severe illness during his/her first year of life. a majority of these infected babies will not survive until their fifth birthday.

– none of the contraceptives except good quality condom can prevent transmission of HIV from the infected to non-infected persons

Dr. Anil Singhal
Dr. Poonam Singhal

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