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Drug therapy reduces birth rate of HIV infected babies from 19% to 3%

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:381
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Federal guidelines issued in 1994 for the prevention of maternal to newborn transmission of HIV through the use of perinatal zidovudine have dramatically cut the number of HIV infections in newborn infants, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Surveillance data collected by the Michigan Department of Community Health show that the number of infected neonates born to HIV infected mothers in Michigan decreased from 19% in 1993 to 3% in 2000, according to findings published in the 8 February issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    The 1994 …

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