Pros and Cons of Uganda’s New ARV Therapy for Pregnant Women

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KAMPALA - Uganda has received both praise and criticism over its roll out of the new antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women and their babies, known as Option B +.
Recommended by the World Health Organisation in June 2012, Option B+ consists in life-long provision of ARV therapy to pregnant women regardless of their CD4 count.

Uganda has done remarkably well under this treatment option, with 50 thousand women on treatment this year.

However AIDS activists say B+ denies pregnant women the right to decide whether to join the service or not. (END//2013)

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