Namibia to Start Distributing Drugs to HIV Positive Pregnant Women
December 21, 2001
Namibian Health Minister Libertine Amathila said the ministry would begin distributing the drug nevirapine to pregnant HIV-positive women to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies. Studies show the drug can reduce HIV transmission during labor by up to 50 percent. It will initially be made available to 500 women in the nation.
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