HIV control in postpartum mothers: a turbulent time.


We conducted an audit looking at the management of HIV-positive women in the postpartum period. We found that of the women with a previous AIDS-defining condition or a CD4 count <350 cells/µL, 83% were correctly continued on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and 84.1% of these had good virological control. ART was correctly stopped in 100% of women who had always had a CD4 count >500 cells/µL. A significant finding from our audit was that all of the women who had poor virological control or stopped ART against medical advice had social issues or self-reported depression. The main recommendation was to extend the pregnancy multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting to include the 12-month postpartum period to offer support to women to try to improve treatment outcomes.

DOI: 10.1177/0956462415601913

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@article{Loftus2016HIVCI, title={HIV control in postpartum mothers: a turbulent time.}, author={Hannah Loftus and Alexander H Burnett and Simone C Naylor and Sylvia M Bates and J. Michael Greig}, journal={International journal of STD & AIDS}, year={2016}, volume={27 8}, pages={680-3} }