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Title: Hep B Increases the Risk of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission
Post by: Hep Editors on May 13, 2019, 11:36:14 am
Pregnant women with HIV have a much higher risk of transmitting the virus to their newborns if they are coinfected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and have a high hep B viral load, aidsmap reports.

Presenting their findings at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, researchers retrospectively analyzed data from the HPTN 046 trial, which ran from 2007 to 2010 in sub-Saharan Africa and studied the effects on mother-to-child HIV transmission rates of providing infants of HIV-positive mothers with six months of the antiretroviral (ARV) Viramune (nevirapine) versus a placebo. During the trial period, it was common for pregnant women with HIV in this region not to receive ARV treatment for that virus.

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