HIV and Mode of Delivery

An analysis of mode of delivery for HIV-infected women in Philadelphia between 2005-2013 found that a large number of women were not receiving a scheduled c-section for maternal viral load >1,000 copies/ml as recommended by the guidelines. Hispanic women and non-Hispanic black women were more likely to deliver prematurely (before 38 weeks) and without a scheduled c-section than non-Hispanic white women. These findings indicate that much education is needed around recommended mode of delivery for women without a known or controlled viral load.


Thompson DR, Momplaisir FM, Adams JW, Yehia BR, Anderson EA, Alleyne G, Brady KA. Mode of delivery among HIV-infected pregnant women in Philadelphia, 2005-2013. PLoS One. 2015 Dec 14;10(12):e0144592.



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