I am 33 years old, 13 weeks pregnant and HIV positive. I have been on ARVs for the last year. I exercise, eat lots of fruits and vegetables and make sure that I drink 8 glasses of water daily. I also take multivitamins daily.
Last week I went for my first sonar and everything was fine – the heartbeat is excellent and the EFV tablet that I am taking with my ARVs is not affecting my foetus. At the antenatal clinic, I was told that they do not give Nevirapine to the pregnant ladies to take home, as the moms tend to use it when they receive false labour pains. They now keep the tablet in the ward and give it to the mother-to-be when she arrives at the labour ward for delivery.
Would that not have a negative effect on my child's HIV status? I have decided to give my child formula milk, will that be fine for my baby's growth? And lastly, would a natural vaginal birth be risky for my child to contract HIV?