What non-medical issues are most pregnant women living with HIV facing?

Almost half of all pregnant women living with HIV learn about their HIV status through routine, voluntary prenatal testing. The pregnant patient is concerned not only for herself, but also for the well-being of her child. It is important to reassure her that there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of transmission to her baby to less than 1%. Many women feel an even greater loss of control over their bodies and health of the baby with a new HIV diagnosis. It is important to validate their concerns while assuring the patient that she can regain the greatest sense of control by doing everything possible to prevent transmission. While this can be a difficult adjustment, it can be achieved by attending all scheduled appointments with her HIV specialist and obstetrician and taking her medications on time everyday.