Programmatic Update on the use of ARVs to treat pregnant women and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT)

World Health Organization

WHO updates HIV treatment guidance for pregnant women and preventing HIV infection in babies


With little fanfare, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a “Programmatic Update” on the use of antiretrovirals (ARVs) to treat pregnant women and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) that identifies Option B and Option B plus as preferable to Option A.  Both Option B and Option B+ call for the administration of triple combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) to all pregnant HIV-infected women.  Under Option B, antiretroviral therapy would be stopped after the breast feeding period for women with CD4 counts above 350 while Option B + would continue ART in these women for life.

April 11, 2012
Year of publication
PMTCT, mother to child transmission, prevention, ARV, child, monther, option B+

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