Are you pregnant or do you have child care responsibilities?
Pregnant women living with HIV can improve their health and greatly lower the chances they will pass HIV to their babies by taking anti-HIV medications before, during, or after birth. If a woman takes anti-HIV medications as prescribed throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, and while breastfeeding, the risk of transmitting HIV can be 1 percent or less.
This is all good news for people living with HIV, their partners and their babies. The key, though, is staying in regular care and taking anti-HIV medications every day, exactly as prescribed, to achieve viral suppression and to prevent transmission to others.
Also, Illinois HIV Care Connect can put you in touch with community resources that provide breastfeeding support and education, well child care, All Kids insurance, parenting classes, and immunizations.
Contact the Illinois HIV Care Connect regional office near you to learn more about prenatal and child health care.
Region 1: Northwestern Illinois 815-720-4000
Region 2: Heart of Illinois 800-801-8751; 800-526-0857 TTY
Region 3: Central Illinois 888-308-8105
Region 4: Southwest Illinois 618-825-4471
Region 5: Southern Illinois 877-745-1424
Region 6: East Central Illinois 888-801-3172
Region 7: Collar Counties 312-922-2322
Region 8: Cook County 312-922-2322