Pregnancy and HIV

One of the tests you will have at your first clinic visit is an HIV test. This will tell you whether you have HIV or not.

It's good to know early on if you have HIV, as you will be given the right kind of care for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

There are things you can do to make sure you stay well and your baby does not get HIV too.

You will need medicines called antiretrovirals (ARVs). ARVs help you to control your HIV and prevent it from worsening. ARVs help you live a healthy life.

ARVs also help to make sure that HIV does not spread to your baby.

It is also important to get your CD4 count checked. This will tell you how much HIV has progressed. Your care and treatment will vary according to your CD4 count. You should have this done every 6 months.

Find out at the clinic where you can have your CD4 count checked.

If you have any questions about HIV, call the National AIDS helpline on 0800 012 32

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