Annual Report 2018 Annual Report 2018 - Page 17

Desired children, planned pregnancies Maintaining a good sexual and reproductive health state is important for people infected with HIV and their partners. Prevention of Mother to child transmission service has been operating at Baylor since 2004. The medical staff at the Baylor Black Sea Family Planning Service offers both contraceptive and safe conception services. The key for the birth of an HIV-negative child stays in ensuring the mother’s health. The evolution of the pregnancy is watched over by the gynecologist of the Baylor Clinical Center of Excellence, the future parents are provided counsel by the Foundation’s psychologists, and, after the child’s birth, joint teams of medical and psychosocial staff undertake regular visits to the newborn’s family home. At the age of 18 months, when the child’s monitoring period ends, the stop of the HIV infection transmission to the child can be confirmed. For 67 children older than 18 months, born by mothers living with HIV between 2013 and 2018, there has been confirmed the HIV negative status. Their mothers have requested medical and psychosocial services to prevent the HIV mother-to-baby transmission during pregnancy. The vertical HIV transmission was confirmed in one case out of the 68 under Baylor’s care, the program reaching the success rate of 98.53%. 17