Pregnancy taboos and HIV

african medical doctors with red ribbonFor many HIV-positive women, pregnancy can seem a remote prospect. To begin with there is the natural concern that their illness could prevent them from seeing their child grow up. But there is also the question of the antiretroviral drugs that are essential to their health. Could the drugs they take during pregnancy affect the development of their child?

The province of Saskatchewan has the highest rates of HIV infection in Canada. But the authorities there are working to support HIV-positive women who want to have a baby, and to help them understand that there’s a good chance of a successful pregnancy. The provincial government has produced a series of videos to get that message across, in a language that everyone can understand.

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