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When you are tested for pregnancy at the clinic, you will also be offered an HIV test. If you haven’t already been tested for HIV, it’s a good idea to take the test now. It is important for you to know your status – and it’s important for your baby too. Knowing your status means that you can do something about it.

This MAMA HIV+ Help guide will support you from the day you find out you are pregnant and HIV+ to the day your baby is eating solid foods. If you follow the guidelines closely, you can make sure your baby never contracts HIV, even if you are HIV+.

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Before you go for an HIV test you need to prepare yourself. It’s possible that you are HIV+ even if you have had no symptoms.
If you test HIV positive and you are pregnant you will start ARVs immediately, regardless of your CD4 count.
If your baby tests positive at any time, he will immediately be started on antiretroviral therapy (ART)
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