Protective Effect of ART

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Women in Malawi and Mozambique on triple antiretroviral

therapy (ART) for three months or longer before giving birth

were 13 times less likely to die than women with no treatment,

Maria Cristina Marazzi and colleagues reported in a

retrospective cohort study of over 3 000 women in the 31 Drug

Resource Enhancement Against Aids and Malnutrition (DREAM)

Centres, published in the advance online edition of AIDS. The

protective effect of triple ART was progressive and also

reflected in rates of abortion, stillbirth and prematurity. The

effect was present at all CD4 levels and corresponded to the

length of treatment.

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