Thursday, July 23, 2009
International Guidelines for Mothers Taking Antiretrovirals May Change
Reuters: WHO may change ARV guidelines for pregnant mothers, by Wendell Roelf:
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - International guidelines for mothers taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) may change, a senior WHO official said, with new evidence showing HIV infection rates among babies are significantly cut when mothers are given prolonged ARV treatment during breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization is reviewing its 2006 recommendations on the use of ARVs in pregnant women, including during the breastfeeding period. New guidelines are expected to be published by the end of 2009 and will take into account emerging data.