Australia: Remote Service Could Halt HIV Spread From Mums
April 10, 2008
A recent study suggests a treatment model applied in Western Australia could be used in other countries to prevent mother-to-child (MTC) HIV transmission.
Study co-author Professor Martyn French of Royal Perth Hospital said other locales with populations in far-flung districts, such as Africa and Thailand, could benefit from the treatment model.
"They can learn that there's more to it than just medical management; there's more to it than just providing drugs; what is as important is supporting the patients through the actions of social workers, health care workers, nurses, etc.," French said.
"All the specialists were in Perth; people who lived in the north of the state found it very difficult to access specialist care," French said. "So by setting up this service, we were able to provide advice on patient management. We were able to provide the drugs through local doctors and nurses, and what we have is a coordinator of the service in Perth."
The full report, "Perinatal HIV Transmission and Pregnancy Outcomes in Indigenous Women in Western Australia," was published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2007;47(5):362-367).
Australian Associated Press
04.08.2008; Andrew Hayward
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.