HIV/AIDS

Rapid advice: use of antiretroviral drugs for treating pregnant women and preventing HIV infection in infants

Publication date: November 2009, revised June 2010

Rapid advice: use of antiretroviral drugs for treating pregnant women and preventing HIV Infection in infants

On the eve of World AIDS Day 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new recommendations on treatment, prevention and infant feeding in the context of HIV, based on the latest scientific evidence.

WHO now recommends earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for adults and adolescents, the delivery of more patient-friendly antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), and prolonged use of ARVs to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. For the first time, WHO recommends that HIV-positive mothers or their infants take ARVs while breastfeeding to prevent HIV transmission.

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