Mother-to-child HIV Transmission Rates Drop in South Africa

The rates of mother-to-child HIV transmission have dropped in South Africa, according to a recent national survey.

According to the poll by the South African Medical Research Council, the rate in the country is now 3.5 per cent. (via Plus News)

Researchers said by 2015, they hope there will be no more vertical HIV transmission in the African nation.

Around 40 per cent of children born to HIV-positive mothers could contract the virus before or during birth, if they do not have access to antiretrovirals provided through public services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.

The survey results were released at the SA AIDS 2011 Conference, and they show a reduction of around five per cent in the transmission rates shown in previous surveys.

Recently, Zimbabwe announced pregnant women in the African country will be given free blood transfusions during delivery in a bid to prevent maternal and infant mortality, particularly among women who have HIV/AIDS.

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