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HIV and pregnancy

Published: 24/12/2013

This information is for you if you have been diagnosed with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and you are pregnant or planning to have a baby. If you're a partner, relative or friend of someone who is in this situation, you may also find the leaflet helpful.

This information tells you:

  • What HIV can mean for you and your baby
  • The most effective ways of protecting your baby in the womb, during birth and in the first weeks of life
  • The best ways of treating you during pregnancy and labour
  • How to plan for pregnancy

This patient information leaflet was developed by the RCOG Patient Information Committee. It's based on the RCOG clinical guideline Management of HIV in Pregnancy, which includes a full list of the sources of evidence we used.

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