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HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

If you have HIV/AIDS and find out you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you should let your health care provider know as soon as possible. Some HIV/AIDS medicines may harm your baby. Your health care provider may want you to take different medicines or change the doses.

It is also possible to give HIV to your baby. This is most likely to happen around the time you give birth. For this reason, treatment during this time is very important for protecting your baby from infection. Several treatments may prevent the virus from spreading from you to your baby. Your health care provider can recommend the best one for you.

Your baby will also need to have treatment for at least the first six weeks of life. Regular testing will be needed to find out if your baby is infected.

Symptoms of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

The following features are indicative of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy:
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • rash
  • headache
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • sore throat
  • rapid weight loss
  • dry cough
  • diarrhea
It is possible that HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.

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Common Causes of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

The following are the most common causes of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy:
  • human immunodeficiency virus

Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

Yes, it may be possible to prevent HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • do not come in contact with partner’s blood and semen
  • avoid sex
  • use condom during sex

Occurrence of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

Number of Cases

The following are the number of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged between 20-50 years

Common Gender

HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Female

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy:
  • HIV testing: To detect the HIV proteins and antibodies in the bloodstream

Doctor for Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy:
  • HIV specialist

Complications of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy if untreated

Yes, HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy is left untreated:
  • HIV-related illness

Procedures for Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

The following procedures are used to treat HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy:
  • Antiretroviral therapy: Raises the CD4 cell count

Self-care for HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy:
  • use condom
  • intake good nutrition

Patient Support for Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

The following actions may help HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy patients:
  • Communicate with your partner: Keeps you healthy
  • Join support group: Helps in managing HIV

Time for Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced

Is HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy Infectious?

Yes, HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • vaginal, oral, or anal sex
  • infected blood
  • sharing personal items

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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