Question: Can I Try For A Baby While On ARVs?

Is it safe to breastfeed while on ARVs?

Yes.

Before we learned that ARVs can protect against HIV transmission through breastfeeding, WHO recommended that HIV-infected mothers who breastfeed should exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months..

Do ARVs make you gain weight?

When people started highly effective antiretroviral treatment, they gained weight. This is called a ‘return to health’ effect of treatment and is still seen today in people with very advanced HIV who lost weight before starting treatment.

How long does it take for ARVs to start working?

When a person first begins treatment, it usually takes three to six months for the viral load to become undetectable. Most people will eventually have an undetectable viral load if they have a drug combination that is effective against their strain of HIV and take it as prescribed by their doctor.

Do ARVs make you hungry?

During the interviews, five mechanisms emerged through which food insecurity undermined ARV adherence among both men and women as well as impacted decisions about ARV treatment initiation: 1) ARVs often increased appetite, and food scarcities exacerbated the resulting hunger; 2) Side effects of ARVs were reported to be …

Does ARV affect sperm count?

In this study of previously treatment-naïve HIV-positive men, 48 weeks of antiretroviral therapy “negatively affected the percentage of progressively motile spermatozoa”, although other semen quality characteristics – including overall motile sperm count – were not affected.

Can a person on Arvs test negative?

The risk of false negative results is moderate to high. However, the risk of false positive results when on ART is very low.

What does nevirapine do to babies?

In many developing countries, a two-dose regimen of nevirapine (NVP) around the time of birth is advocated as the most cost-effective way to prevent mother to child HIV transmission. One dose is taken by the mother at the onset of labour and one dose is given to her baby, between 48 and 72 hours after birth.

When should I not breastfeed my baby?

Mothers with untreated and active tuberculosis infections are not advised to breastfeed. They may breastfeed after their infection is cured or brought under control so that it does not spread to the infant. Mothers infected with human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I or type II should not breast feed their babies.

How long survive on ARVs?

A 2017 study in the journal AIDS found that the additional life expectancy for people with HIV at age 20 during the early monotherapy era was 11.8 years. However, that number rose to 54.9 years for the most recent combination antiretroviral era.

Can ARVs make you sick?

Many people experience some mild side-effects, particularly in the first few days and weeks of starting treatment. For example, you might feel sick or have a headache. Although unpleasant, most side-effects should improve and go away altogether as your body gets used to taking the drug.