How HIV Can Get To Your Baby
According to Dr Reena Shah, a specialist in infectious diseases at the Aga Khan University Hospital, when antiretrovirals are taken throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding, there is a greatly reduced HIV infection rate of 3-5 per cent, she however add that there must be 100 per cent adherence to taking the drug correctly, otherwise there is risk that the baby will become infected, or resistant to the medication. Therefore the need for good support for mothers to help them adhere to an extended drug regime, as well as keeping to six months of exclusive breastfeeding is important.
Source: The East African, Pg. X
Date: Saturday, 04 Aug 2012
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