The nurse is caring for a woman with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) considering having a child. Which of the following statements is false?

A C-section is necessary for any HIV positive mother.

Explanation

• A C-section is not necessary based solely on the mother being HIV-positive. Elective C-section is not necessary if women achieve viral loads below 1,000. If the viral load is higher, c-sections are done to minimize the risk of transmission.

• Not all children born to HIV-positive mothers contract the disease

• Birth control may be taken to prevent pregnancy, although the mother needs to understand birth control will not prevent the transmission of HIV to her sexual partner

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