HIV in Pregnancy and Baby

HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding is known as perinatal transmission and is the most common route of HIV infection in children. When HIV is diagnosed before  or during pregnancy, perinatal transmission can be reduced to less than 1% if appropriate medical treatment is given. In Kenya, the Ministry of Health has set up guidelines for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. This is carried out by using the four pronged approach that includes:

Primary prevention of HIV infection in women.
Prevention of unintended pregnancy among HIV-infected women.
Interventions to reduce transmission from HIV-infected pregnant and lactating women to their children.
Care and support of women, children and families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Birth Options for HIV Pregnant Mums in Kenya

For most women in Kenya that are HIV positive and pregnant, having a safe delivery is usually their biggest concern as their expected delivery...

Pregnancy Tips for HIV Positive Women

Getting an HIV positive result is often devastating for most women in Kenya, with a number going into depression while others seek medication to...

Feeding Infants and Young Children Born to HIV Infected Mothers

Transmission of HIV Through Breastfeeding According to the Ministry of Health, statistics show that 3 to 4 out of every 10 infants born to HIV...
Anti-HIV medications during labor and delivery

Anti-HIV medications for the newborn

The baby receives medication within 6 to 12 hours after delivery. Babies born to women infected with HIV receive an anti-HIV medication which helps...
Anti-HIV medications during labor and delivery

Anti-HIV medications during labor and delivery

Anti-HIV medications during labour and delivery. Intrapartum care is the management of women from the onset of labour to delivery. This period poses the greatest...

Taking Anti-HIV Medication When Pregnant

When to start taking anti-HIV medications depends on your health, how much HIV has affected your body, and how far along you are in...

Transmission of HIV

HIV is transmitted (passed) from one person to another through specific body fluids—blood, semen, genital fluids, and breast milk. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is...

HIV Testing in Pregnancy

HIV testing is recommended for all pregnant women to prevent Mother-to-Child transmission of HIV which is the passing of HIV from a woman infected...

How to Prepare Siblings of Different Ages

Preparing ages 2-4 years At this age, your child is still very attached to you and they may not like the idea of sharing you...

Transmission of HIV

HIV is transmitted (passed) from one person to another through specific body fluids—blood, semen, genital fluids, and breast milk. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV is...

Ways to show affection when doctor advices against sex in pregnancy

Many couples enjoy sex during pregnancy because it is a safe period with no worries of hurting the developing baby. However, some pregnant women...
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