Postpartum HIV Care and Long Term Viral Suppression

A retrospective cohort analysis of HIV-positive women delivering in Philadelphia between 2005-2011 showed that women who engaged in care within 90 days postpartum were more likely to remain in care and have a suppressed viral load at one year after delivery.  This association continued as well into the second year after delivery. The overall percentage of women who remained in care was low - only 39% at one year and 25% at two years postpartum. More work needs to be done to engage women to remain in care in the immediate postpartum period to influence long term HIV care.


Adams JW, Brady KA, Michael YL, Yehia BR, Momplaisir FM. Postpartum engagement in HIV care: An important predictor of long-term retention in care and viral suppression. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Dec 15;61(12):1880-7.



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