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Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV type 1: the role of neonatal and infant prophylaxis.


ABSTRACT: The prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is one of the great public health successes of the past 20 years. Much concerted research efforts and dedicated work have led to the achievement of very low rates of PMTCT of HIV in settings that can implement optimal prophylaxis. Though several implementation challenges remain, global elimination of pediatric HIV infection seems now more than ever to be an attainable goal. Often overlooked, the role of prophylaxis of the newborn is nevertheless a very important component of PMTCT. In this paper, we focus on the role of neonatal and infant prophylaxis, discuss mechanisms of protection, and present the clinical trial-generated evidence that led to the current recommendations for preventing infections in breastfed and non-breastfed infants. PMTCT of HIV should not end at birth; a continuum of care extending postpartum and postnatally is required to minimize the risk of new pediatric HIV infections.

SUBMITTER: Hurst SA 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC4470389 | BioStudies | 2015-01-01T00:00:00Z

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): NCT00955968

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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