Dec 28, 2006
When a HIV positive mother is carrying a baby , on which month of her pregnancy must she starts the treatment? If she is on treatment are there any chances that the baby may be affected if she is not breastfeeding.
Response from Dr. Luzuriaga
Antiretroviral treatment should ideally be started as soon as possible. Many years' experience with several of the antiretrovirals indicates that they are well-tolerated and safe when administered during pregnancy. Antiretroviral therapy can markedly reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to the baby. Women with undetectable viral loads on therapy have less than 1% risk of transmitting the virus to their baby during pregnancy or delivery. HIV can be transmitted through breastfeeding and at present, we do not have an effectve regimen to prevent breastmilk transmission. For this reason, women are advised not to breastfeed whenever they have safe, affordable alternatives to breastfeeding.
Anemia and AIDS
twin pregnancy and HIV treatment
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.