Updated Perinatal Guidelines Available - October 2016

The US Public Health Service released an update to the Recommendations for Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women for Maternal Health and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States on October 26, 2016. This update can be found on the AIDSInfo site and on our website under the USPHS Perinatal Guidelines Quick Link. The Perinatal Guidelines text, appendices, and references were updated to include new data and publications where relevant. Throughout the Perinatal Guidelines, content was revised to refer to expedited HIV testing, preferably using fourth-generation antigen/antibody expedited HIV tests, in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Other changes include updates on preconception counseling and care for HIV-infected women of childbearing age; recommendations to start ART as early in pregnancy as possible; information on ARVs, teratogenicity, and treatment regimens; and recommendations on modes of delivery.