Treating HIV+ infants early may substantially improve health: Report

Topics HIV | HIV Aids | HIV virus

A small study of African infants infected with HIV found that treating them with powerful drugs within the first hours and days of birth helped preserve their immune systems, improving their chances of better long-term health, US researchers said. HIV infections in newborns pose a huge health burden in developing countries.

One study estimated that 300 to 500 infants are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. “Without treatment, 50 per cent of HIV-infected children progress to death within two years,” study co-author.

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