Q and A

Question

Can you have an abortion if you’re on ARVs?

I’m positive and pregnant. I want to have an abortion, will be being on ARVs be an issue?

Answer

Thanks for getting in touch.

Yes you can have an abortion if you’re on ARVs. This isn’t an issue.

2 comments

  1. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Charmaine,

    Your baby will be tested for HIV DNA or RNA. These tests look for virus in the baby’s blood. That’s because all babies have their mothers antibodies, so the antibody test will be positive.

    In the UK, it is good practice to test the baby for HIV on the day she or he is born. The test is repeated after six weeks and again at three months.

    If all these tests are negative, and you are not breastfeeding your baby, then your baby does not have HIV.

    You can read more about this in the guide to HIV, pregnancy and women’s health.

  2. Charmaine

    My baby tested negative when he was born n at 3 months, what are the chances of him being HIV positive

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