Pregnant Women Should Know Their HIV Status

Newark, NJ – At a recent scientific meeting there was a report from researchers that a baby born with HIV was cured of the infection by the early administration of antiretroviral medication only hours after delivery. This is the second case known to have been cleared of the HIV/AIDS virus by early institution of therapy.  In both cases, the mothers were known to be HIV positive. This may prove to be a game changer in the fight against AIDS.

To begin therapy at an early stage requires knowing your HIV status. The health care professionals at the New Jersey AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline both remind and urge all women regardless of race, ethnic group, or age to know their HIV status (get tested) prior to getting pregnant.  If you are already pregnant and have not been tested for the HIV infection, please do so immediately. Knowing your status early in your pregnancy will help you and your health care provider make important decisions on effective ways to protect your health and the health of your baby by preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. It will also help prevent the further passing of the infection to your partner.

Call 800-624-2377, text/email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or chat via our site at http://www.njhivstdline.org  to find a FREE state-funded testing site near you. If you know someone who is HIV positive and is no longer receiving treatment for their infection, spread the word that we are here to help them get back into medical care by connecting them to the HIV/AIDS Navigator Project.

In addition, contact us if you are newly diagnosed as HIV positive and need information about linkage to HIV treatment, finding a site for follow-up, treatment options and services, and/or have any questions or concerns regarding STDs, HIV or Hepatitis. We are always here to help 24 hours a day/ seven days a week/every day of the year!  Calls are free and confidential.

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