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Lifespan with HIV
Oct 16, 2001

HOW LONG CAN A PERSON WITH HIV INFECTION WILL LIVE. CAN A WOMAN WITH HIV INFECTION GET PREGNANT? AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE BABY? WILL THE BABY BE HIV POSITIVE TOO. PLEASE ANSWER ME....

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This question is not related to the workplace, but you need the most basic information. Let me start you off: 1. How long a person with HIV lives depends on many factors, most of all quality of health care and attitude. If you have HIV and you take good care of yourself, you can live a long, long time. 2. Yes, a woman with HIV can get pregnant. It's a tough decision, and one that should involve discussions with your health care provider. 3. Yes, it can affect the baby, partly because any medication the mother takes has some effect on the baby. The baby has a 30% chance of being HIV-positive if the mother is not receiving treatment (antiviral medications). If she is under treatment, those odds drop to less than 8%.

Are you HIV-positive? How do you know? Have you seen a doctor yet? Have you seen one who specializes in HIV? Please do. In the meantime, you need to read all you can about HIV, especially women and HIV. Please take advantage of the websites especially for women with HIV, such as www.women-alive.org. They can give you more specific help than I can.



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