A Prospective Study of the Effect of Pregnancy on CD4 Counts and Plasma HIV-1 RNA Concentrations of Antiretroviral-Naive HIV-1-Infected Women.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999), Volume 65, Issue 2, p.231-6 (2014)


2014, February 2014, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division


In HIV-1-infected women, CD4 count declines occur during pregnancy, which has been attributed to hemodilution. However, for women who have not initiated antiretroviral therapy, it is unclear if CD4 declines are sustained beyond pregnancy and accompanied by increased viral levels, which could indicate an effect of pregnancy on accelerating HIV-1 disease progression.