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De-stigmatising HIV in pregnancy

02 March 2024
Volume 32 · Issue 3


Dr Nneka Nwokolo shares the experiences of Victoria Roscow, who was diagnosed with HIV while pregnant, and reflects on the need for all-encompassing care for pregnant women with HIV

For many people, pregnancy can be a daunting and challenging time to navigate, with unique considerations at every stage, from conception through to birth. Living with HIV adds another layer of complexity to the situation.

It has been over 40 years since the first cases of HIV were identified (, 2023), and advances in treatment have evolved significantly to the point where many people living with HIV can lead healthy lives with a normal life expectancy (The Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration, 2017). It is now the norm for healthy, HIV-negative children to be born to mothers diagnosed with HIV (Afran et al, 2014). However, stigma and misinformation in health services remain. So, what implications does this have for people living with HIV when it comes to pregnancy?

Victoria Roscow, age 30 years old, is a Manchester-based marketing manager and a woman living with HIV.

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