This guide explains what to do if you are diagnosed with HIV in pregnancy, and what to do if you already know you are HIV positive and decide to have a baby.

Open publication as an online magazine.


Background and general questions

Protecting and ensuring the mother’s health

How is HIV is transmitted to a baby

Planning your pregnancy

HIV care and treatment during pregnancy

Screening and monitoring

Prevention and treatment of other infections

Delivering your baby

HIV drugs and the baby’s health

After the baby is born

Feeding your baby

Tips to help adherence

Tips to help with morning sickness or drug-associated nausea

Useful charts

Further information






The guide was written and compiled by Polly Clayden for HIV i-Base.

Thanks to the advisory board of HIV positive people, activists and health care professionals for comments and the people who shared their stories. Particular thanks to Angelina Namibia and Memory Sachikonye.

Funded by The Monument Trust.

Artwork copyright Keith Haring Studio.


Information in this booklet is not intended to replace information from your doctor. Treatment decisions should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

About our guides

Information about how we produced this guide and the importance of using language that is direct and easy to understand.

This includes information on how to write non technical medical information that may be useful as a resource for other organisations.


1 March 2013