Date: Friday 20 January 2012
Venue: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London
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HIV in pregnancy: How up to date are you?
An HIV positive woman at 37 weeks gestation has had ruptured membranes for 4 hours: Do you know what to do next? Does she need an emergency caesarean section? Should she be induced? Does it depend on her viral load?
At what viral load is it safe to plan for a vaginal delivery?
Can you treat a woman who has an undetectable viral load as if she is HIV uninfected from the obstetric point of view?
How should you manage HIV co-infection with Hepatitis B or C?
Does highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) cause preterm birth?
What are the potential toxicities associated with the use of HAART in pregnancy?
Is it now safe for women with HIV and an undetectable viral load to breastfeed?
If you want to know the answer to these questions then this conference will provide you the forum to be able to update your knowledge and interact with leading national and international experts in this field.
HIV in pregnancy continues to present a challenge to those providing maternity care to these complex and vulnerable patients. Major advances have been made in the last two decades, resulting in a dramatic reduction in the risk of vertical transmission of HIV. However, opinion as to the optimum obstetric management of these patients is still often based on data from the pre-HAART era and this is likely to contribute to the high rate of emergency caesarean sections in this group.
This conference aims to bring together HIV physicians, obstetricians, specialist midwives and other professionals who care for women with HIV in pregnancy. The programme will largely be delivered by HIV physicians and obstetricians with significant experience in the management of HIV in pregnancy, many of whom are part of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) writing committee for the 2012 national guidelines for the management of HIV in pregnancy. The programme will consist of lectures reviewing the evidence for recommendations, and will be illustrated by clinical cases where appropriate. There will be several panel discussions with opportunity for delegates to pose questions.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London.
Professor Jane Anderson,
Miss Ranee Thakar MD MRCOG,
Honorary Director of Conferences, RCOG