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Long term affects of newborn treatment
Nov 14, 2007

My adopted son was born to an HIV positive mother, tested positive at birth, was treated, has tested negative twice. Now that we can rest easy about his HIV status, are there any later side affects or other health risks related to his early treatment with antivirals?

Response from Dr. Henry

Good questions. There have been some studies (mostly from Europe) noting some evidence for persistant mitochondrial toxicity in babies exposed to AZT during gestation/post delivery. The vast majority of infants have done well after such exposure with only a very small percent having evidence for serious problems. KH

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