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Delay nevirapine therapy after single doses during labor and delivery


Compared with patients given placebo, women receiving single-dose nevirapine (Viramune—Boehringer Ingelheim) during labor and delivery to prevent perinatal transmission of HIV-1 were more likely to experience virologic failure if subsequently prescribed a nevirapine-based regimen within 6 months of labor. In these patients, delaying the use of a nevirapine for 6 months may improve outcomes.


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