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Dec 10, 2007

At what stage during pregnancy should hiv treatment be started to minimize chances of infecting the unborn child.

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Antiretroviral therapy is highly effective in reducing the risk of transmission of HIV from mother to child.

If the mother is already on stable therapy, most experts recommend continuing treatment (except for treatment that contains efavirenz). If the mother is not yet on therapy, then waiting until the beginning of the second trimester makes sense, in order to avoid the small risk to the developing fetus.

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