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Can HIV-Positive People Have Babies? 7 Myths About Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS

January 8, 2013


Those strong HIV meds <i>must</i> have negative effects on fetuses and babies.

Those strong HIV meds must have negative effects on fetuses and babies.

You'd think that HIV meds, once so toxic that they often caused debilitating side effects in fully grown adults, would do harm to tiny babies in their mothers' tummies. Not so, says the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry, which has been monitoring children born to women living with HIV since the mid-1990s. Though participation in the registry is voluntary and must be done through a health care provider, so far the registry's findings have turned up no significant evidence of long-term effects on kids whose moms took HIV meds. Besides, today's HIV meds are far less toxic than they once were.

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