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Maharashtra Government Gives HIV+ Mothers 3-Drug Shot in the Arm

The combination will allow lactating mothers to nurse their infants without the risk of transmitting infection

Now, HIV+ women in Maharashtra will get their first shot at breast feeding their babies without the fear of transmitting the virus. From December 1, the Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) will roll out a scheme administering a combination of three drugs, instead of the current practice of the single oral dosage of Nevirapine at delivery and another one post-natal. The medication will start from the 14th week of pregnancy and is expected to shrink the risk of transmission to a negligible two per cent.

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