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Dec 16, 2006

On which month of pregnancy is the treatment required to be taken by a positive woman carrying a baby?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Antiretroviral therapy given during pregnancy can dramatically reduce the risk of transmission of HIV from mother to child.

If the pregnant woman is already on treatment, then most experts recommend continuing treatment. If antiretroviral treatment hasn't yet been started, some would wait until the second trimester to initiate treatment- preferably with three drugs (but not including efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin)).

It's really never too late, either to start treatment- even single doses of medication given at delivery can reduce the risk of transmission.

Hope this helps. BY



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