HIV or AIDS During Pregnancy

How common is HIV in pregnancy?

In the year 2020, it was estimated that around 258,000 women in the United States were living with HIV, and approximately 7,000 women received an HIV diagnosis in the preceding year.

Who is most at risk of HIV?

The primary modes of HIV transmission for women typically involve engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected partner or sharing drug needles with someone who is HIV-positive.

What are the symptoms of HIV?

1. Unexplained weight loss 2. Loss of appetite 3. Generalized malaise 4. Abnormal Pap tests 5. Skin sores 6. Pain 7. Prolonged swelling of the lymph nodes

What to know about HIV/AIDs if you’re pregnant

During pregnancy, appropriate treatment can significantly reduce the risk of transmitting the infection from the mother to her baby. Opting for an elective C-section during delivery further lowers this risk.