Risk of Birth Defects from WHO-Approved HIV Drug Delays Rollout

South Africa's national health department has been forced to postpone a nationwide rollout of dolutegravir over persistent concerns about what may be a low risk of birth defects linked to the drug's use. This comes after the World Health Organisation greenlit global use of the treatment in July.

Dolutegravir, a drug previously feared to cause deformities in unborn children, is now the preferred HIV treatment option, even among women of reproductive age.

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