Letters HIV and pregnancy

Are we doing enough?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39241.438519.3A (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1287
  1. A Jayasuriya, specialist registrar,
  2. P S Allan, consultant
  1. Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, Coventry CV1 4FH
  1. ashini{at}doctors.net.uk

    Gray and McIntyre report that the rates of mother to child transmission of HIV are dramatically reduced by antiretroviral use, caesarean section, and avoidance of breastfeeding.1 However, none of these effective interventions can take place without awareness of the mother's HIV status.

    In the United Kingdom, all antenatal clinics routinely offer HIV testing.2 Most mothers accept screening. Two recent cases, …

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