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What if I only discover I am HIV positive late in pregnancy?

Late diagnosis is defined as after 28 weeks of pregnancy but before labour starts. Being diagnosed this late is now rare in the UK. This is since HIV screening for all pregnant women was introduced.

But if this happens to you, there is plenty that can be done to help you have a negative baby.

Results from your viral load test will take less than a week, and sometimes only takes a few days. So some women in this situation will still be able to have a vaginal birth. This is if they start ART immediately and get an undetectable viral load by the time of delivery. Some combinations, particularly with integrase inhibitors get viral load to undetectable very quickly.

Last updated: 1 December 2015.