Does giving pregnant women or their newborn babies a short course of antiretroviral drugs reduce HIV transmission to the baby? Evidence Update, Maternal Health Series, May 2010.
Each Evidence Update is a 2-page summary of a Cochrane Review of healthcare interventions relevant to people in low-income and middle-income countries.
This Evidence Update is adapted from Volmink J, Siegfried NL, van der Merwe L, Brocklehurst P. Antiretrovirals for reducing the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD003510. DOI10.1002/14651858.CD003510.pub2.
Both short and longer regimens of antiretroviral treatments reduce transmission of HIV from mothers to babies.
Effective Health Care Research Programme Consortium, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK, 2 pp