Even though the woman will be very relieved that she has tested negative, you should ensure that she understands:

  • How to remain HIV-negative through using safe sex practices.
  • The need for later HIV testing if additional risk exposures occur, or if the test was done during the window period of early HIV infection.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for her baby (that is, just breastfeeding, no bottle-feeding or feeding of solid foods before 6 months of age).
  • If she becomes HIV-infected during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, the baby has an increased risk of MTCT (see Table 16.1 above).
  • The importance of effective family planning and birth spacing. (The Module on Family Planning will teach you all the details of different methods.)
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