Fewer babies born with HIV in South Africa

South Africa has made great progress against the paediatric HIV epidemic since 2002. Photo courtesy of Treatment Action CampaignPhoto of woman walking past PMTCT graffiti

Fewer than two babies out of every 100 born to HIV-positive mothers in South Africa are infected with HIV at birth. These low rates point to the success of the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme in South Africa that has resulted in a decrease of the transmission rate from about 30% at six weeks in the early 2000s, to the 2015/2016 rate of 1.5%.  Read More


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