Pregnancy, Birth, and HIV

I've spoken briefly about finding out I was living with HIV when I got pregnant with my daughter, but I haven't really spoken on the entire experience. Although I have come to terms with my status and even embrace it, thinking back to that time can still be painful. I know full and well I did not receive the full support or services I should have from my medical care provider. I think of how different and probably how much more at peace I could have been, especially while being pregnant, had I received the support I needed early on. I want to share my experience in hopes that it can help other women who are pregnant and living with HIV to know they are not alone, they can get through it, and most importantly, that the chance of their babies becoming positive can be slim to none. I also want to encourage those who are newly positive to tell at least ONE person they feel they can trust. I went almost two years without telling anyone.

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Hello, I love your story and

RenaeD's picture

Hello, I love your story and I was wondering if we could message. Like you, I just found out I’m positive after having my first prenatal visit a week ago. And I’d really appreciate some advice


Hello Renae

Red40something's picture

Just wanted you to know that if for whatever reason you cant reach Escalise - you can reach out to me and I'll be happy to get you some resources and help! Or even just an ear to listen.


Thank you so much

RenaeD's picture

Yes please I would love that. I really need it


Hey, absolutely, I would love

Escalice's picture

Hey, absolutely, I would love to connect. If you email , they will give you my email. Message me whenever you'd like.


Here as a resource!

kmartel's picture

Hi RenaeD - Thank you for finding us and reaching out. Red40Something is an awesome resource, but also just want to let you know to please feel free to email me at, and we are happy to find ways to provide you with any additional support and resources. xxkrista

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