- Breastfeeding NO RISK
- Breastfeeding by an HIV-positive mother HIGH RISK
HIV-positive mothers should avoid breastfeeding, and should give formula to their babies.
Vertical transmission (childborn)
- Giving birth NO RISK
- HIV-positive mother giving birth HIGH RISK
"Giving birth, childbirth, giving life"
A woman’s choice to have a child when she is HIV positive is a complex and emotional one. Studies have shown that if no anti-HIV treatments are taken during pregnancy, there is between 20%-30% chance of HIV transmission from the mother to the fetus. There are, however, effective treatments available. Consult your doctor.