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Black and Hispanic Infants Much More Likely to Have HIV
Date:2/4/2010

who are pregnant should have access to quality health care and take advantage of preventive measures, including early treatment with antiretroviral medications, the report stated.

For the best outcomes, the authors recommend the following:

  • HIV infection should be diagnosed before or early in pregnancy
  • All moms-to-be should receive prenatal care
  • HIV-positive women should follow an antiretroviral medication regimen throughout pregnancy
  • A cesarean delivery should be scheduled at 38 weeks' gestation if the virus has not been suppressed
  • Antiretroviral medication should be taken during labor and delivery
  • Newborns exposed to HIV should receive antiretroviral medication within the first hours after birth and for the first six weeks of life.

Overall, "the total number of annual perinatal HIV infections in the United States has decreased approximately 90 percent since 1991," the CDC authors wrote in their report.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about HIV and AIDS.



-- HealthDay staff



SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Feb. 4, 2010


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