Is it really safe to take HIV medicines during pregnancy?

Yes. Reducing the risk of a baby becoming HIV positive was an early benefit of HIV drugs.

Although pregnant women are often advised against taking many medicines, this is not the case with HIV drugs.

Millions of women have taken these drugs all over the world. This has resulted in many healthy HIV negative babies.

You and your doctor will talk about your treatment and about specific antiretroviral drugs during your antenatal discussions.

When most of everything felt right, my health and relationship, having a baby, after more than 20 years since my last child, was the best feeling. After discussions with my partner and my doctor, I decided to have a baby. We did this while continuing with my current meds and of course not breastfeeding.

I was determined to do everything in my power to have an HIV negative baby. ART has fulfilled my dreams of becoming a mother again.

Jenny, London

Last updated: 1 April 2019.