With Help, Minnesota Moms Keep Babies HIV-Free
April 6, 2010
The number of women with HIV giving birth in Minnesota tripled over the past decade. However, mother-to-child (MTC) HIV infections have been nearly eliminated during the same timeframe, thanks to a collaborative effort by hospitals, obstetricians, and a team of perinatal HIV experts at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (CHCM).
CHCM trains doctors in how to screen pregnant women, provide prenatal care, and offer the best delivery strategies for HIV-infected mothers. Rapid testing can be done at the time of delivery if the woman's HIV status is unknown. Up to half of HIV-positive pregnant women are unaware they carry the virus.
Pioneer Press (St. Paul)
04.03.2010; Jeremy Olson
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