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Will my baby need to take HIV drugs after he or she is born?

Yes. All baby’s need to take a short course of HIV drugs for the first four weeks of life, if their mother is HIV positive.

The most likely drug will be AZT.

This must be taken twice a day. In a few cases your baby may be given another drug or a combination of drugs. This is if you have a virus that is resistant to AZT, or if your baby was born while you still have a detectable viral load.

Plan a routine where you and your baby take these meds together at the same time.

Last updated: 1 December 2015.