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July 26, 2009

Mma Bana study: Mother to child transmission reduced below 1% in breastfeeding mothers who receive ART

"Antiretroviral treatment during pregnancy and breastfeeding resulted in a mother-to-child transmission rate of less than 1% in a large randomised comparison of two triple combinations in women with CD4 counts above 200 cells/mm3, the Mma Bana study, presented this week at the Fifth International AIDS Society conference in Cape Town.

"The study also showed that a triple-nucleoside analogue regimen containing abacavir is just as effective as a protease inhibitor-based regimen in a population of women with relatively low viral load (Trizivir has previously shown itself to be less effective than efavirenz-based ART in people with viral loads above 100,000 copies/ml, leading to its withdrawal from the list of recommended first-line regimens in the United States and Europe)."

Read more in Aidsmap, July 24, 2009.