Dr. Ted's Medical Moments 2/28/96

Reducing the Transmission of HIV During Childbirth

There is some encouraging news on the AIDS front, at least for babies born to women infected with HIV, the AIDS virus.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports promising results in stopping the virus from being transmitted from mother to baby during childbirth.

Using the drug AZT, researchers were able to lower the amount of HIV in the bloodstreams of expectant mothers.

Women who received the AZT during pregnancy and at delivery showed a much lower rate of passing the virus along to the baby. Itis another step toward understanding the virus, and helping its victims.

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