By Edwin Mbulo in Livingstone
Thu 30 Jan. 2014, 14:00 CAT
COMMENT - This is a crime. Foetuses aren't supposed to develop while swimming in ARV's, which are failed chemotherapy pills, found too toxic in fighting cancer. When HIV diagnosis is based on a single positive ELISA P24 test, that's a crime. - MrK
THE government plans to introduce Option B+ in preventing mother to child transmission, which will entail placing pregnant women found to have HIV on full antiretroviral treatment regardless of their CD4 count.
In an interview, Dr Kebby Musokotwane, who is Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMCT) specialist at the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, said Option B+, to be initiated as a pilot project, would enable pregnant women with HIV to suppress the virus by accessing full treatment.
"We are rolling out Option B+, which will be piloted in some sites before we fully role it out. Option B+ entails a pregnant woman found to have HIV being placed on full antiretroviral treatment regardless of one's CD4 count as opposed to being offered a short course," Dr Musokotwane explained.
He said this would also help health workers in attending to clients placed on treatment as the current system entails one being placed on a short course and later on being placed on another course on the return visit.
Dr Musokotwane said the pilot sites were yet to be selected although site identification had been done.