Mar 9, 2003
Should an Hiv positive pregnant woman have to take AZT therapy to try to prevent the baby from begin infected with HIV?
Response from Dr. Young
Pregnant, HIV-infected women should definately be under expert care. Effective use of antiretroviral therapy can really reduce the risk of infection to the infant.
Most current treatment guidelines for infected women include the use of zidovudine (ZDV,AZT), since this is where a preponderance of clinical study data refers to. It is also very important to try to assess for the presence of drug resistance and using appropriate medications to suppress the virus; again the role for expert clinical management cannot be over-emphasized. BY
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