Pregnant people who are HIV positive or at risk of becoming HIV positive can transmit the virus to the baby either while pregnant, during childbirth or while breastfeeding.
The first step to preventing transmission is for the pregnant person and any sexual partners to get tested and know their status. Even if the pregnant person is not currently HIV positive, if they are in a category of people who are at higher risk of contracting HIV then that person should get tested regularly. In addition to regular testing, people who are at high risk for HIV can take medication to prevent infection. That medication is called PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis).
If you are a pregnant person who is HIV positive it is crucial to your health and the health of the child to be on HIV medications called antiretroviral therapy (ART). Once the baby is born, the baby should also be on ARTs for the first 4-6 weeks to prevent transmission.
Also, there is evidence that HIV can be transmitted through breast milk so breastfeeding should also be avoided if the mother is HIV positive. And if the mother has a sexual partner(s) who are HIV positive then those partner(s) should also be on ARTs to prevent transmission.
SayPro in collaboration with the National, Provincial, District Department of Health and local clinics has been leading in Africa in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTC) of HIV/AIDS implementation in Africa.
This could not have been possible without the partnership we have with the following institutions:
- National Department of Health
- National Department of Social Development
- Provincial Department of Social Development
- Provincial Department of Health
- District Department of Health
- Local Department of Social Development
- Local Clinics
- Local Non-Profit Organisations on the ground.
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