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HIV drugs and the baby’s health

In the past, some mothers and doctors were reluctant to take or prescribe HIV drugs during pregnancy. This was out of concern for unknown effects to the baby.

It is difficult to know if there are any long-term effects. All children born to HIV positive women in the UK (and many other countries) are monitored.

This safety monitoring covers all children born to HIV positive women in the UK (and many other countries). This close care will provide important safety information in the future.

The biggest risk to a baby born to a mother who is HIV positive is the risk from HIV itself. This can be prevented with ART.

Last updated: 1 December 2015.