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Breastfeeding Wrecks Short Course Anti-HIV Treatment for Babies

Many African infants who are saved from catching HIV in the womb thanks to antiretroviral drugs nevertheless contract the virus through breastfeeding, according to a new report. The study, published in last week's Lancet (Vol. 359; No. 9313), sheds l...

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Updated Treatment Guidelines Address Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women

In 1996, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Kaiser Family Foundation convened a panel on "Clinical Practices for the Treatment of HIV" to develop guidelines for the clinical management of HIV-infected adults, adolescents and pregnant...

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Modeling the Impact of Revised DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines on Survival in Women

Modeling the Impact of Revised DHHS HIV Treatment Guidelines on Survival in Women Abstract 1913 Authored by Teresa L. Kauf, D. C. Gibbons, T. L. Kirkland, G. Capuano, J. M. Tolson, D. Goodwin, (GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., Research Triangle Park,...

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When Conscience Limits Care

An HIV-positive woman elects to have a Cesarean section to minimize the risk of infecting her baby. She asks the surgeon to tie her tubes during the procedure to prevent further pregnancies. He refuses and tells her she will have to have a separate o...

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Success in Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission Not a Reality for All

One of the most important themes at the International AIDS Conference in Durban was the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT). This was very appropriate given that one in four South African women in their peak child-bearing years -...