HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding is the most common route of HIV infection in children. When HIV is diagnosed before or during pregnancy, transmission of HIV can be reduced to less than 1% if appropriate medical treatment is given, the virus becomes undetectable, and breastfeeding is avoided. As Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness focuses efforts on PMTCT, the Fulton Baby Investigators (FBI) Team was developed. The FBI team was created to assure that HIV-positive women receive necessary interventions to prevent transmission to their baby.
What types of services offered by the PMTCT Program?
- Test results
- Partner services
- Linkage to care
- Follow-up services for HIV positive infants and their parents.
What are the eligibility requirements in order to receive services?
There are no eligibility requirements for these services. If you are pregnant and HIV positive, you will be enrolled in the program.
What are the costs for services?
There is no cost for these services. This is a FREE service.
What can a client expect after being linked to care?
During partner services, a one-on-one interview is done that helps the FBI team find out who may have been exposed to HIV, whether the client has been exposed to other infections and provide risk reduction strategies to prevent co-infection. Another component of the interview portion involves ensuring that the client is receiving adequate care. Some women are already in care with their own providers or clinics at the time of the interview. Others, however, require more assistance. If necessary, the FBI team helps these clients apply for Medicaid and links them with an appropriate high-risk OB-GYN program. In the program, the client then receives reproductive health services, medication, and other social support services up to 6 weeks after childbirth. Following the 6-week period, both the mother and her infant are referred to a local infectious disease program for HIV primary care services.
- FACT The risk of a woman becoming HIV-positive increases during pregnancy, and the chance of her passing the virus to her child also increases if she becomes HIV-positive while pregnant or breastfeeding.
- FACT When HIV is diagnosed in an expectant mother before or during pregnancy, the chance of perinatal transmission of the virus can be reduced toless than 1%.
“As a wife, mother, and a daughter, I believe women matter. I test annually for HIV because my life matters.” Leisha McKinley-Beach HIV Program Administrator, Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness
Why is it important to get linked to care?
HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or breastfeeding is preventable. When HIV is diagnosed before or during pregnancy, transmission of HIV can be reduced to less than 1% if appropriate medical treatment is given, the virus becomes undetectable, and breastfeeding is avoided.
If a client has additional questions, who do they contact?
If you have any additional questions please contact us here (firstname.lastname@example.org).