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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

If A Pregnant Mother Is Hiv Positive Will The Fetus Be Hiv Postive

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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

You Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy if You Are HIV Positive

...think your choice is wrong. Stigma about HIV can limit the services available to you. This is called discrimination. Stigma and discrimination are often based on fear and can happen when people don't know all the facts about HIV and pregnancy. You may face stigma because you choose to have a child. "In my culture everyone really pressures you to have children." You may face stigma because you choose to not have a child. Whatever you are...
Ask the Experts

Transmission of HIV during Pregnancy

Dear expert, I have a question pertaining the transmission of HIV from the mother to the fetus. According to what a doctor told me, the placenta won't allow the mother blood to pass into the fetus blood stream at all. only the nutrient from the...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...Thanks for your question. The placenta is a great barrier that protects the developing fetus from HIV. The placenta allows a baby with a different genetic make-up from the mother to grow inside the body without stimulating an Read more »


My questions are: Is it advisable for couple on medication with cd4 above 150 to have unprotected sex cos we want to have baby? Does protected sex have any negative effect on anyone already on medication? Apart from condoms, are there any other form...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Your first question involves pregnancy while being HIV positive. See the information below that addresses this topic in detail. Unprotected sex is not a good idea, Read more »

What is the mode of maternal transmission to her fetus?

What is the mode of maternal transmission of HIV to her infant? Does HIV cross the placental barrier or does transmission occur during the trauma of the birth process? If it occurs from birth trauma, would C-section be of benefit in reducing...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...transmission is by drug therapy, as discussed above. It isbecause of this effective drug therapy that we now strongly recommend HIVtesting for all pregnant women. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for... Read more »

Father: HIV +, Mother isnt. What about the Child?

My partner is HIV+. I am not. He has undergone several different meds and currently does not have the virus in his semen. The only place his doctor has found the virus is in the glands of his neck I am about 2 weeks pregnant. Is it possible for...
Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Response from Brooks Jackson, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine you remain uninfected, then the fetus will not become infected. Therefore, it is important that you get tested during your pregnancy especially if you continue to be exposed to your partner's body fluids. If you do become infected, then... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HAART and the Safety of the Fetus

...of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has dramatically decreased deaths from AIDS-related infections. As a result, HIV positive people in these countries are generally living longer, and some are thinking about having children. ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Twin Pregnancy Raises Risk of HIV Spread

...pregnancies. Since HAART, rates for the two groups have been similarly low. After adjusting the pre-HAART data for length of pregnancy, delivery method and other factors, the researchers found that twin pregnancy remained associated with a... Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

U.S. Public Health Service Recommendations for Use of Antiretroviral Drugs During Pregnancy

...reducing the risk of perinatal transmission of HIV. HIV RNA assays will help clinicians make decisions about the treatment of pregnant patients, but because ZDV has proven effective in blocking mother-to-infant transmission regardless of... Read more »
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

Positive Pregnancy

...comprehensive healthcare and treatment, many HIV-positive women can have healthy, HIV-negative children. The key to a successful pregnancy is the health of the mother-to-be. The HIV-positive woman who is pregnant -- or is considering having... Read more »
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Want to have a baby

Posted by Positivelyok, 5 Replies
...would like to hear from anyone who has or is currently going through a pregnancy and what it entails as it relates to being HIV positive. We are going to our regular check-up in a few months and will discuss our plans with our MD to see if this... Read more »

sister of my fiance has aids, need advice

Posted by knut_hamsun, 4 Replies
...My fiance just told me her sister has aids. my fiance tested lately, and she is negative. some of the other family members have not been tested. The sister has been sick Read more »

Having a baby when you are HIV+

Posted by Anonymous, 11 Replies
... Having a Baby when you're HIV Positive I'm a 23 year old HIV positive woman considering having a child with my HIV negative husband. Anyone have any experience Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...A user in the other section said she sat on a needle and got HIV, its very possible and it has happened before, my question is has anyone ever heard of this happening ? and do they know anyone Read more »