Cuba wins battle with mother-to-child HIV

by Annalisa Lista - 2015.07.02
Cuba wins battle with mother-to-child HIV
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Cuba has become the first country in the world to stop a mother transmitting HIV to her unborn child during pregnancy. The WHO welcomed the great victory in a statement. The news means that cases of infection have been reduced to such a small number that it no longer represents a health emergency, said the organisation. In 2013, 240,000 children globally were born with HIV, compared to 400,000 in 2009. This is still far too many, considering the goal is to reduce cases to 40,000 in 2015.

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