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Scientific Committee of the Advisory Council on AIDS, Hong Kong
Recommended Clinical Guidelines on the Prevention of Perinatal HIV Transmission
April 2001, 10 pp

Reproduced with the Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS' kind permission.


"In 1994, interim findings from the landmark study Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group (PACTG) 076 indicated that the use of zidovudine (ZDV) significantly reduced the mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This was followed by other studies that either elucidated the risk factors associated with transmission or evaluated alternative interventions to prevent MTCT. It is imperative that these scientific findings be translated into standard clinical practice if their full potential in public health can be realised.
These guidelines are developed under the auspices of the Scientific Committee on AIDS (SCA). They are intended to suggest preferable approaches toward the prevention of HIV by mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) based on synthesis of scientific evidence. Application of these guidelines, however, should be flexible, in order to accommodate the wide-ranging circumstances whereby the clinical problem may present itself."

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