69,000 newborns at risk due to ARVs shortage

About 69,000 children born to HIV-positive mothers risk getting infected due to a shortage of some antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Shortage began four months ago and appears unlikely to end any time soon

  • They said the situation is dire, and that if no intervention is made urgently, things could turn disastrous.
  • The administration of ARVs to newborns without HIV is meant to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission (perinatal acquisition).

About 69,000 children born to HIV-positive mothers risk getting infected due to a shortage of some antiretroviral drugs (ARVs).

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