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Doctors recommend that babies whose mothers have HIV be treated with medicines. This helps to keep the babies from getting HIV. Even when babies test negative for HIV at birth, they may have been exposed to the virus during the birth. Treatment can keep the baby from getting infected.
Your baby should start to get some anti-HIV medicine after birth. He or she will keep getting treatment for the next 6 weeks. Your baby should also get medicine to prevent other infections, such as pneumonia. This treatment may not start as soon as the anti-HIV treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Peter Shalit MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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