15th International AIDS conference: Nevirapine reduces perinatal HIV transmission in women tested and treated during labourBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.132-b (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:132
- Susan Mayor
Treatment with nevirapine reduces perinatal transmission of HIV in women tested and treated during labour, a study done in Malawi has shown (JAMA 2004;292:202-9).
Antenatal counselling and HIV testing are not universally available in Africa, so many women present in labour with unknown HIV status. The study included all infants born to 894 HIV positive women (from a total of 9469 women screened) who presented in labour to six clinics in Blantyre, Malawi.
Those included in the study were early presenters (those arriving at least four hours before delivery was predicted) to allow time for obtaining informed …