Updated Guidelines for Prevention of Mother-to-Infant Transmission

Updated Guidelines for Prevention of Mother-to-Infant Transmission – of HIV infection

On May 4 the U.S. Public Health Service released an updated version of the official guidelines for use of antiretrovirals to reduce perinatal HIV transmission. The following sections have been changed:

* “Antiretroviral Clinical Scenarios” (beginning on page 17);

* “Recommendations for Monitoring of Women and Their Infants” (beginning on page 39); and

(*.) “Clinical Research Needs” (beginning on page 41).

You can obtain a copy of the guidelines without charge in any of three ways:

(1) http://hivatis.org/trtgdlns.html, the Web site of the HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service;

(2) by calling 1-800-448-0440 or 301-519-0459, Monday through Friday 9-5 Eastern Time (TTY 888 480-3739); or

(3) by mailing a request to HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service, P.O. Box 6303, Rockville, MD 20849-6903. It may take 7-10 days plus shipping time to receive the document.

Ask for the Perinatal Guidelines. (The full official title is Public Health Service Task Force Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1 Infected Women for Maternal Health and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV-1 Transmission in the United States.

Note: For information in English, Spanish, or Portuguese about federally approved treatment for HIV and AIDS, you can contact health information specialists at the HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service, Monday through Friday 9-5 at the phone numbers, email, or mailing address above.

COPYRIGHT 2001 John S. James

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