|Aids prevention treatment in pregnant woman
May 26, 1997
What would be the alternative treatment prevention open to a pregnant woman who has been victimized by rape and exposed to AIDS infection. What drug(s) would provide the list side effect risk to the unborn child?
| Response from Dr. Cohen
I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "alternative." There is growing interest in post-exposure prophylaxis for sexual exposures, based on the apparent success of giving antiretroviral therapy to health-care workers after needle stick injuries. A rape case would be a good example of a situation in which post-exposure prophylaxis might be applied. The usual recommendation for post-exposure prophylaxis after needle stick injuries is to give AZT, 3TC, and a protease inhibitor for one month, starting as soon as possible after the exposure, preferably within a few hours. Although there are no formal recommendations,the same regimen would probably be used in a sexual exposure case.
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