The pregnancy rate among HIV-positive women in the UK has increased significantly in recent years. Researchers looked at pregnancy rates in women receiving HIV care at 13 large clinics between 2000 and 2009. They found that over 7800 women were seen at the 13 clinics, and the number of women receiving care doubled over the course of the study. There were a total of 1637 pregnancies in 1291 women. The number of pregnancies increased threefold between 2000-1 and 2008-9. Becoming pregnant and having an HIV-negative baby is now a realistic option for many HIV-positive women in the UK. With the right treatment and care, the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be reduced to below 1%. The effectiveness of modern HIV treatment also means that an HIV-positive mother can expect to live a long and healthy life.
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