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Viral load and Pregnancy in HIV+ women
Jun 4, 2004

Dear DR., How low should viral load be for maximum reduction of mother to child transmition of HIV?

Can one reduce viral load just like CD4+ can be increased?

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

While women can transmit HIV to their babies at any viral load, the risk of transmission increases with increasing viral load. Antiviral therapy can definitely reduce viral load and women on therapy with undetectable viral load have < 1% risk of transmitting the virus to their babies (compared with about 30% in the absence of therapy).


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