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Studies Tout Alternative HIV Regimens for Women, Babies
Date:10/14/2010

nsively implemented."

Still, Lockman -- the lead author of the study of mothers -- said there's a "moral and ethical obligation to try to help the mothers who put their health on the line to prevent their babies from getting infected."

As for nevirapine, it is problematic but remains "a very useful drug, and there are many solutions to this problem," said Dr. Marc Lallemant, an AIDS specialist at Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of a commentary accompanying the study. "The bottom line is that it is an absolute priority to avoid HIV infection in children in the first place."

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SOURCES: Shahin Lockman, M.D., assistant professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Paul E. Palumbo, M.D., professor, pediatrics and medicine, and director, International Pediatric HIV Program, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H.; Marc Lallemant, M.D., research associate, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston; Oct. 14, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine


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