HIV and Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children [Website]

This website provides information on preventing perinatal HIV transmission. It explains perinatal HIV transmission (also known as mother-to-child transmission) can happen at any time during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, however, there are effective interventions for preventing perinatal HIV transmission, and the number of infants with HIV in the United States has declined dramatically. Individuals who are pregnant and have HIV are urged to visit their health care provider regularly, take HIV medicine as prescribed, give HIV medicine to an infant for 4-6 weeks after giving birth, consider a Caesarean delivery, and refrain from breastfeeding or pre-chewing an infant’s food. Statistics are provided on perinatal HIV transmission, diagnoses of perinatal HIV infections by race and year of birth, prevention challenges, and the Center for Disease Control initiatives to prevent perinatal HIV transmission. Additional resources are listed. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CLICK HERE

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