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A woman who has HIV is pregnant with her second child since the diagnosis – but must now wait to see if her husband or baby has contracted the virus.
Amanda Mammadova, 34, was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2010, just three months after meeting her current husband Ali, who agreed to risk having unprotected sex in order to start a family.
And after giving birth to HIV-free Saabria, personal trainer Mrs Mammadova is now pregnant again – but she and her husband must face a long wait to see if she has passed on the virus.
‘Ali has always supported me and is willing to get HIV in order for us to be a normal couple,’ Mrs Mammadova said.
‘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.
‘But HIV hasn’t ruined my life, I married Ali eight months after my diagnosis.’
Mrs Mammadova, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, said she was devastated when she found out she had caught the virus off a previous partner and feared her boyfriend would call off the relationship.
Despite conceiving two babies naturally, Mr Mammadova, 29, has so far remained HIV-negative.
Mrs Mammadova hopes she can serve as an example to other HIV-positive people.
‘[HIV] is not a death sentence anymore,’ she said.
‘I hope my story shows people that the disease doesn’t need to hold you back.’