‘Medicare can protect un-born baby from HIV’


City Desk :
Thirty-five-year-old Rasheeda (not real name) was happy with her two children. Her husband Karim is an expatriate in a country of the Middle East.

He visited every year for 15 days to one month at his residence in Bangladesh.

Last time Karim came here five months ago. After his return, Rasheeda could understand that she became pregnant for the third time.

Though she was happy, but she didn’t feel well. She was suffering from fever every night. She became weak only after two months of being pregnant, reports BSS.

Later, she visited their family gynecologist. The doctor gave her some tests. After getting the test reports, the physician informed her that she is suffering from HIV. She suggested her to be more cautious during her pregnancy.

Gynecologist Dr Monowara Haque said HIV infected women could take children. But there are many risks contemporary to a normal pregnant mother, she added.

She said child can be infected by HIV in three ways- during pregnancy, delivery and during feeding. “The all women who are conceiving in recent times have been advised to go under test of HIV. For this, the women would become more cautious during their pregnancy,” Dr Monowara Haque added.


She said it is needed to take safe antiretroviral treatment for protecting children. It is possible for the children to reduce the risk of infection by HIV by one percent if the mother takes proper treatment, she added.

Dr Monowara Haque said the HIV infected women who are planning to take child should take advanced advice from the doctors as they can give birth a healthy child.

Besides, every HIV infected mother would take advice of concerned physicians when they would feed their children and they (mother and children) should go under the care of doctors, she added.

The physician said children could be infected by the virus if there is no proper treatment management. For this, everyone should remain alert on this issue and the patients will have to be visited the doctors regularly, she added.

Another Dr.Ishrat Jahan said transmission from mother to child is one of the ways of HIV transmission.

“If we consider maternal health and do integration of maternal health and HIV, there would be less risk of HIV transmission from mother to child.

For example, if a mother is found HIV positive, she would be counseled for ARV and special services to reduce the risk of transmission.