HIV in pregnant women and prevention of perinatal transmission

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Women with HIV who have access to treatment can expect to have a normal life expectancy. With effective antiretroviral therapy, an undetectable viral load, and avoidance of breastfeeding, the rate of perinatal transmission is extremely low (<1%). A Caesarean section is no longer routinely recommended nor is intrapartum zidovudine. Women living with HIV should be supported in their decision regarding parenthood given their excellent prognosis, low risk of perinatal transmission and reproductive rights. If interventions to reduce perinatal HIV transmission during pregnancy and post-partum are embraced, women can expect to have an uninfected infant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-184
Number of pages3
JournalMicrobiology Australia
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

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