Initial Treatment after pregancy
Sep 28, 2004
Patient is female, age is 25 yr.and her C.D.4 count is 873.At this stage there is no compleint of her.Two months ago she delverved a male baby .Still husband is HIV negative. Does she requires any anti viral treatment?If yes what it should be?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your question.
If the woman is asymptomatic and has a CD4 count of 870 (normal), I wouldn't be recommending initiation of antiretroviral therapy. Since she is married (and presumably sexually active), I'd certainly emphasize the need for safer sex methods, to prevent transmission to her husband; furthermore, breast feeding should be avoided, or considered closely, since there is risk of transmission of HIV to her child through breast milk.
Hope this helps, thanks for reading. BY
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