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Nov 7, 2003

AIDS- what happens if you are prengant and are diagnosed with aids?

Response from Dr. Conway

It is very important that a pregnant woman diagnosed with HIV infection see a doctor immediately. This is for two key reasons.

First, it is essential to get an idea of the state of her own disease (CD4 cell count, viral load) and general health (CBC, hepatic function, prior exposure to hepatitis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis). Decisions can then be made regarding antiretroviral therapy and any other medical interventions that may be needed, such as prophylaxis for opportunistic infections.

Second, even if antiretroviral therapy is not indicated for the woman herself, it would still be indicated for the prevention of transmission of HIV to the child. THIS IS ACTUALLY PREVENTING INFECTION. In many settings, mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection has been virtually eliminated by using HAART in pregnancy.

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