TITLE

Editorial: Public Health Interventions to Reduce Pediatric AIDS

AUTHOR(S)
Goedert, James J.; Coté, Timothy R.
PUB. DATE
July 1994
SOURCE
American Journal of Public Health;Jul1994, Vol. 84 Issue 7, p1065
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The article discusses public health interventions to reduce pediatric AIDS. Over 5000 cases of pediatric acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS have been reported in the U.S. 88% of these infants inherited human immunodeficiency virus or HIV infection from their mothers. Approximately 7000 births now occur each year to HIV-infected women in the U.S., resulting in approximately 1500 HIV-infected infants. The most sudden change in obstetric practice in the U.S. is likely to be the use of zidovudine, which effectively lessened the mother-to-infant transmission rate from 25% to 8% when the drug was administered to HIV-infected women during pregnancy and labor, and to the offspring for 6 weeks.
ACCESSION #
9408031426

 

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