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Duration of cART before Delivery and Low Infant Birthweight among HIV-Infected Women in Lusaka, Zambia


Bengtson, Angela M.; Chibwesha, Carla J.; Westreich, Daniel J.; Mubiana-Mbewe, Mwangelwa; Vwalika, Bellington; Miller, William C.; Mapani, Muntanga; Musonda, Patrick B.; Pettifor, Audrey E.; & Chi, Benjamin H. (2016). Duration of cART before Delivery and Low Infant Birthweight among HIV-Infected Women in Lusaka, Zambia. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 71(5), 563-569. PMCID: PMC4788590


OBJECTIVE: To estimate the association between duration of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) during pregnancy and low infant birthweight (LBW), among women >37 weeks gestation.
DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of HIV-infected women who met eligibility criteria based on CD4 count 37 weeks gestation.
METHODS: We used Poisson models with robust variance estimators to estimate risk ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI).
RESULTS: Of 50,765 HIV-infected women with antenatal visits between January 2009 and September 2013, 4,474 women met the inclusion criteria. LBW occurred in 302 pregnancies (7%). Nearly two-thirds of women (62%) eligible to initiate cART never started treatment. Overall, 14% were on cART for CONCLUSIONS: Longer duration of cART was not associated with poor fetal growth among term pregnancies in our cohort. However, the relationship between cART and adverse pregnancy outcomes remains complicated. Continued work is required to investigate causality. An understanding of cART's impact on adverse pregnancy outcomes is essential as cART becomes the cornerstone of PMTCT programs globally.


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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes


Bengtson, Angela M.
Chibwesha, Carla J.
Westreich, Daniel J.
Mubiana-Mbewe, Mwangelwa
Vwalika, Bellington
Miller, William C.
Mapani, Muntanga
Musonda, Patrick B.
Pettifor, Audrey E.
Chi, Benjamin H.