Fewer moth­ers pass HIV to ba­bies

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

HIV in­fec­tion rates among in­fants born to HIV-pos­i­tive women in China have dropped by more than 80 per­cent in the past decade due to ef­fec­tive in­ter­ven­tion, says a re­port by the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

In 2014 alone, through preven­tion of mother-to-child trans­mis­sion of HIV, 1,240 Chi­nese chil­dren who would oth­er­wise have been in­fected with HIV were born free of the virus, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

In China, preven­tion ef­forts have re­sulted in dras­tic re­duc­tions in mother-to-child trans­mis­sion of HIV, from 34.8 per­cent be­fore 2005 to 6.1 per­cent last year.

De­spite progress, China still faces chal­lenges to reach zero HIV trans­mis­sion from mother to child, due to China’s huge pop­u­la­tion and un­bal­anced de­vel­op­ment be­tween dif­fer­ent re­gions, Song said.

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