Pregnancy & Childbirth, ‘Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby?’

Pregnancy & Childbirth Page Highlights: Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby? What Are the HIV Risks of Pregnancy and Childbirth? Should I Get Tested for HIV If I am Pregnant? Should My Baby Be Tested for HIV? Can I Transmit HIV to My Baby? Yes. HIV-positive mothers can transmit HIV to their babies. This is called “mother-to-child transmission.” (It is also called “perinatal" or "vertical transmission.”) An HIV-positive mother can transmit HIV to her baby in three … [Read more...]

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Preventing HIV Infection

Democratic Republic of the Congo Preventing HIV Infection This week I am traveling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country that, while facing many challenges, is home to families who are seeking to build a better future. Health is an important part of a better future for the DRC, and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) is a key example of a health care service that can strengthen families and communities. PMTCT provides a triple benefit: in addition … [Read more...]

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