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HIV/pregnancy
Nov 20, 2007

What are the side effects of the ARV medicine on babies born from ARV medication treated women?

Response from Dr. Conway

It turns out that there are few if any side effects in the short term, as the babies seem to grow normally in the first months of life. Later on, it also seems as if there physical and mental development is normal, with no residual effects of the medications. The great benefit of treating HIV-infected pregnant women is to prevent transmisssion of HIV to the child. This works extremely well and it appears there is little or no risk to the child in doing so...only to guarantee the little boy or girl a life without being infected with HIV!!!



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