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Coming soon! Strawberry-flavoured HIV drug for babies

Dec 01, 2020 18:14 IST

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, reports say that the first infant formulation of dolutegravir, a first-line HIV medication for babies is set to be released soon. The new drug will be strawberry flavoured and launch as a tablet that dissolves in water or juice so babies can swallow it. According to WHO data, around 80,000 toddlers and younger children die every year of AIDS-related sicknesses. In Africa, approximately 160,000 children are newly infected each year at birth or during lactation when the mothers do not know they are self-infected.

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