NIH launches prospective HIV-Zika co-infection study: 5 things to know

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The National Institutes of Health launched a study to determine the possible risks Zika infection may pose to HIV-positive pregnant women.

Here are five things to know.

1. Study participants will include pregnant women infected with HIV only, Zika virus only and concurrent infections with HIV and Zika. Researchers will also enroll women not infected with either virus.

2. Researchers are working to enroll participants in Puerto Rico and will later recruit expectant mothers in Brazil and the continental United States.

3. Infants will be monitored for a year following their birth.

4. The initial phase of the study will involve about 200 pregnant women. If the study is successful, researchers will enroll 1,800 additional participants.

5. The study is slated to last 4 to 6 years.

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