Cuba Eliminates HIV Transmission from Mother to Child

Cuba has been on the “cutting edge” of modern medicine and health care for quite some time. They have some of the best doctors in the world and they continue to leap forward with this new achievement. This is amazing news. The new upcoming Cuba-USA relations should reveal many more advancements in medicine to the rest of the world.

TIME

Cuba is the first country to eliminate the transfer of HIV and Syphilis from mother to child, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday. Only two babies were born with HIV in the country 2013, a low enough number to meet the WHO standard.

“This is a celebration for Cuba and a celebration for children and families everywhere,” said Michel Sidibé, executive director of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, in a statement.

The achievement is at least in part the result of a five-year program by WHO and the Pan American Health Organization to eliminate prenatal transmission of HIV in the region. The program has included testing for pregnant women and treatment for women who test positive. Effective treatment of HIV in pregnant women can reduce the risk of passing the disease to a child to just 1%, down from as high as 45% otherwise.

Around 1.4 million women…

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