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ART               Antiretroviral therapy

ARV               Antiretroviral drugs

cART              Combined antiretroviral therapy

CD4cells        Also called T cells. These are infection-fighting white blood cells of the immune system.

CD4 count     The number of CD4 cells in a sample of blood.

CS                 Caesarean section

ECV               External cephalic version

GUM              Genito urinary medicine

HAART           Highly active antiretroviral therapy 

HIV               Human Immunodeficiency Virus

LFT                Liver Function Test

MDT               Multi-disciplinary team

MTCT             Mother-to-child transmission

PEP               Post exposure prophylaxis

PrEP              Pre exposure prophylaxis

PLCS             Planned ceasarean section

PPROM          Preterm premature rupture of membranes

PROM            Premature rupture of membranes

SROM            Spontaneous rupture of membranes

STI                Sexually transmitted infection

VBAC             Vaginal birth after Ceasarean

Viral load       The amount of HIV RNA in the blood