n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Guideline on invasive obstetric procedures in the HIV-infected pregnant woman : guideline

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Antenatal invasive obstetric procedures in HIV-infected pregnant women are associated with a risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission. There are limited published data on the subject. The general consensus is that any HIV-infected pregnant woman who needs to undergo an invasive procedure should have combination antiretroviral therapy initiated before the procedure, regardless of the CD4+ cell count. The recommendations in this guideline, developed to assist clinicians in counselling and managing HIV-infected pregnant women in need of an invasive procedure, are based on small observational studies and local experience.

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