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Pregnancy and drug/hiv

Oct 21, 2006

17-year-old HIV-positive drug addict who lives with two other young women, both with drug abuse problems. Recently overdosed and was admitted to the emergency department of the local county hospital where she received emergency treatment. While there, it was determined that she is approximately 4 months pregnant. After talking to the screener in the emergency department, Carol repeatedly stated that she wants to "get clean" and have a healthy baby.

What are the obstacles that Carol faces in finding and receiving treatment? What variety of treatment settings might Carol find herself involved with during her treatment process?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

This is beyond the scope of this forum. She needs a good obstetrician who is experienced in handling high risk pregnancies of those women who are HIV infected. Such a physician will be able to tell you and her what the right HIV treatment regimens and options are.

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