When should I have a planned caesarean section?

The main reason to consider a planned caesarean section is if your viral load is between 50 and 400 copies/mL at 36 weeks.

Your doctor will discuss your most recent and previous viral load results, how long you have been on treatment and your adherence with you.

If your viral load is above 400 copies/mL, a planned caesarean section is recommended. If the planned caesarean section is to prevent vertical transmission (and not because of other complications) you will need to have it at 38 to 39 weeks of pregnancy.

Last updated: 1 April 2019.