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How to prevent transmitting HIV to your child

HIV spreads from a woman to her child during pregnancy or during childbirth. A pregnant woman who has HIV does not only put herself at risk but also puts her child at a risk of encountering the same disease. It so happens that in many situations, women with HIV get a scheduled cesarean delivery to prevent the HIV transmission at the time of delivery. Babies that are born to women with HIV aids receive medication to prevent the disease for a period of four to six weeks after their birth. These medicines reduce the risk of a number of infections related to HIV that can enter the baby's body during or before childbirth.

Since transmission of the HIV virus also occurs through breast milk, women with HIV aids should not breastfeed their children. A baby formula prescribed by the doctor works wonders and is a healthy and safe alternative from letting your child breastfeed.

Taking hiv/aids treatment during pregnancy and before childbirth and making her baby take HIV medication for a period of 4 to 6 weeks after delivery, will reduce the risk of the HIV virus getting transmitted by 2%.

What do you mean by mother to child transfer of HIV and how can it be prevented?

The sources through which the transmission of HIV aids from mother to the child can occur are mentioned above. This transmission of HIV is also known as perinatal transmission of HIV.
The transmission can be prevented  with the help of medicines and a number of other strategies. The risk of transmission of HIV is low if HIV is detected early. The earlier it is, the better, if it's before pregnancy then it's even better. Women who have HIV receive the medication for it during the pregnancy period.

Should pregnant women get HIV testing done?

The CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that women should get a  routine check up of HIV done. It is all the more important if you’re planning to get pregnant. Incase the former two cases did not happen, it is okay to do it even during pregnancy. If the results are positive then HIV medication has to be taken. These medicines are good and help people with HIV to live longer, healthier and fuller lives with the risk of transmission extremely low.

Can I use HIV medicines during pregnancy?

Most of the HIV medicines are safe and can be used without a worry during pregnancies. However before you pick up something from the counter after doing mere research over the internet, consult your doctor.

In general most aids in pregnancy medicine don't increase the birth defects in newborn babies. Consulting a healthcare provider is good because they can explain and let you know the risks and benefits associated with specific HIV medicines to be used during pregnancy.

There have been instances  of children getting infected with HIV after eating food that was half eaten by mothers who have HIV. It is very important that you don't leave food lying around if you have the disease and keep tabs on the shoulds and should nots.
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