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Judge orders mother to give baby AZT, stop breast-feeding.


AIDS Policy Law. 1999 Jan 22;14(1):5. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

A Lane County Circuit Court judge in Oregon ordered Kathleen Tyson to comply with her doctor's wishes to treat her newborn with AZT and to stop breast-feeding. The parents opposed the use of AZT because of possible side effects. The newborn has his mother's HIV antibodies, but it is too early to determine whether he is infected. The mother ceased her own AZT treatment during pregnancy after hearing about the drug's toxicity. The State Services to Children and Families has temporary legal custody of the newborn, although he will physically remain with his parents. The parents will be monitored for compliance to the court order.

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE Anti-HIV Agents/*ADMINISTRATION & DOSAGE Breast Feeding Child, Preschool Disease Transmission, Vertical/PREVENTION & CONTROL Drug Therapy, Combination Female HIV Infections/*PREVENTION & CONTROL/TRANSMISSION Human Infant, Newborn Maine Male Oregon Pregnancy Complications, Infectious Treatment Refusal/*LEGISLATION & JURISPRUD Zidovudine/*ADMINISTRATION & DOSAGE


Information in this article was accurate in March 30, 2000. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.