Sexual Advice 101
Sexual Advice 101

HIV and pregnancy

HIV can be passed from one person to another by the help of body fluids. The body fluids which can help in the transmission of HIV are semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk and blood. Body fluids of an infected person should be transmitted to other person’s body to have HIV. This can take place on having sexual intercourse or by sharing needles with an infected person. A child can be also infected by the mother during pregnancy, delivery or breast feeding. During pregnancy the child can get HIV through placenta that connects the child from the mother in the womb. Breast milk is also a body fluid which can spread HIV. There are several treatments by which the percentage of babies not infected by the mother can be increased up to 99 percent. However, every one baby in four can get infected without the treatment.  All women should get a HIV test after they know that they are pregnant. This can reduce the chances of getting HIV to the baby.  If you have HIV it doesn’t mean that you are having AIDS. HIV can be managed with the use of some medications. If proper medications are taken during the pregnancy the chances of the baby getting infected becomes very less.

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