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Nevirapine Treatment
Jan 18, 2004

We are an organization funding health care programs in the developing world, and we have recently approved funding for a program to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS from infected mothers to their newborns. I recently heard that there is evidence to suggest that the use of nevirapine in such a program involves risks to the health of the mother and also causes extended immunity to antiretroviral drugs. We are uncertain if we should proceed with funding this program or under what conditions. Can you help us with information/research findings that are most recent? We were initially excited about this program because we understood that it can significantly reduce the incidence of transmission.

Response from Dr. Sullivan

Nevirapine is still the standard of care in many parts of the world; you should consult the WHO website for detailed information on the use of nevirapine for the prevention of MTCT;http://www.who.int/3by5/publications/documents/pmtct/en/; JLS.


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