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  • With the right HIV treatment and care, women with HIV can have children and breastfeed without fear of the virus passing on to their baby.
  • Mother to child HIV transmission is now rare in Australia due to the availability of effective HIV treatment.
  • Effective treatment can also prevent sexual transmission of HIV - so natural conception is an option even if one partner does not have the virus.
  • If you have HIV, see your GP to discuss your conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding options. GPs can organise referrals to HIV services that help women with HIV manage their pregnancies.
  • Women who are not on HIV treatment or have a detectable viral load can pass on HIV to their baby during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. Discuss your options with a practitioner experienced in HIV if you are pregnant or considering children.

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Reviewed on: 28-09-2023