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Amanda Mammadova, 34, was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, and is expecting her second child.

Amanda Mammadova, 34, was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, and is expecting her second child.

Amanda Mammadova, 34, was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, and is expecting her second child.

A personal trainer who has HIV has conceived her second child since diagnosis, but now faces a long wait to discover whether the baby or her husband as contracted the virus.

Amanda Mammadova, 34, was diagnosed with HIV in 2010, just three months after meeting her now husband, Ali.

The couple were desperate to start a family and Mr Mammadova, a warehouse operator, agreed to risk having unprotected sex in order to make their dream come true.

They were delighted when they were able to conceive their now 21-month-old daughter, Saabria, who is HIV-free, while Mr Mammadova has so far tested negative for the virus.

Mrs Mammadova, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, has now disclosed that they are expecting their second child in June. She will start taking HIV medicines when she reaches the 20-week stage in a bid to reduce the risk of the baby contracting the disease

The newborn baby will spend its first week of life on HIV drugs to minimise the risk of catching it and will then be tested at three months, 12 months and 18 months. If at that stage they are still clear they are officially declared HIV negative.

She said: "Ali has always supported me and is willing to get HIV in order for us to be a normal couple, I did try to persuade him to go down the insemination route but he wanted us to conceive naturally.

"I had always wanted a family but when I was first diagnosed I thought my chances of having a family had been destroyed.

"I was worried I'd pass on HIV to my child, as there is a small chance it can be passed on during pregnancy.

"But HIV hasn't ruined my life, I married Ali eight months after my diagnosis.

"At first I was petrified about how people would react, I was a fitness instructor so it could've affected my job but thankfully the people I have around me are very supportive.

"I also have an older daughter from a previous relationship and I was worried I wouldn't see her grow up but when doctors reassured me I'd live a happy and normal life that gave me hope for the future."

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Mrs Mammadova was devastated when she found out a former partner had unknowingly passed on the virus.

She feared her then boyfriend would call off their relationship but instead he vowed to support her.

Mr Mammadova, 29, was tested straight away and is tested every six months but has so far remained HIV negative, despite conceiving two babies naturally.

His wife added: "Ali reassured me that he wasn't bothered whether he contracted HIV or not as I was his wife.

"My viral load is quite low anyway, so it would be quite hard for someone to catch HIV from me, compared to others living with the virus.

"I try not to think too much about whether my unborn baby could contract HIV – we're confident the baby will be negative as the risk is so low."

She added: “Not everyone who 'comes out' as being HIV positive will be rejected by society, I think it's important for those living with the disease to know that.

"It's not a death sentence anymore. I hope my story shows people that the disease doesn't need to hold you back."

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]


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