Natural Birth for HIV+ Woman

Question

What are the risks for an HIV woman that has already given birth by C-section over 2 years ago and wishes to have a natural birth this time? Her count is very low almost undetectable.

Answer

If your viral load is under 1000 copies and you are on antiretroviral treatment, the chance of transmitting the virus to your baby is very low and vaginal delivery can be considered. Many women can safely delivery a baby vaginally after a prior C-section. However, you should consult with your obstetrician to determine whether this is an option for you.