To the Editor: We read with interest Giles and colleagues’ recent article, which examined the adoption of strategies to reduce perinatal transmission of HIV infection in Australia.1 They found that uptake of strategies to reduce perinatal HIV transmission had increased, with widespread use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and breastfeeding avoidance.
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Variable uptake of recommended interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Australia, 1982–2005
Marisa T Gilles, Martyn A French and Jan E Dickinson
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (4): 220-221.
Marisa T Gilles, Public Health Physician,1 and Senior Lecturer2
Martyn A French, Clinical Professor3
Jan E Dickinson, Associate Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine3
Giles ML, McDonald AM, Elliott EJ, et al. Variable uptake of recommended interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Australia, 1982–2005. Med J Aust 2008; 189: 151-154. <eMJA full text>
Gilles MT, Dickinson JE, Cain A, et al. Perinatal HIV transmission and pregnancy outcomes in Indigenous women in Western Australia. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2007; 47: 362-367.
Branson BM, Handsfield HH, Lampe MA, et al; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Revised recommendations for HIV testing of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in health-care settings. MMWR Recomm Rep 2006; 55 (RR-14): 1-17.
Townsend CL, Cortina-Borja M, Peckham CS, Tookey PA. Trends in management and outcome of pregnancies in HIV-infected women in the UK and Ireland, 1990–2006. BJOG 2008; 115: 1078-1086.
Suy A, Hernandez S, Thorne C, et al. Current guidelines on management of HIV-infected pregnant women: impact on mode of delivery. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol 2008; 139: 127-132.
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