Fewer mothers pass HIV to babies
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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