23 July 2012 - South Africa has charted a significant decline in mother-to-child HIV transmission for the second consecutive year, with new data showing that just 2.7 percent of babies born to HIV-positive mums contracted the virus by six weeks of age, compared to 8 percent in 2008.

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Monday, 23 July 2012 10:27

AFRICA: Fewer Babies Infected By HIV

 

19 July 2012 - A slightly higher proportion of babies was saved from HIV infection in 2011 than in the previous year, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday.

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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) Programme in Tanzania for the past three years has exceeded its target by an average of 112 per cent in seven indicators, according to the annual report of Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) which has been supporting the Programme since 2003.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2012 11:16

ETHIOPIA: New PMTCT plan needs men

 

Ethiopia's new plan to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015 cannot be attained unless men are more meaningfully involved in reproductive health, experts say.

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The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) in collaboration with partners released today a National Accelerated Plan for Scaling up Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Services in Ethiopia.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:48

RWANDA: Men Urged to Support MTCT Services

 

The Senior Prevention Advisor at United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS), Karusa Kiragu, has urged men to get involved in the elimination of Mother-To-Child-Transmission (MTCT) of HIV/AIDS.

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The rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission has fallen to 3.5 percent according to a national survey by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) and researchers say the virtual elimination of vertical HIV transmission may now be possible by 2015.

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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 07:41

HIV/AIDS: Thirty years of HIV

 

It is three decades since the first HIV case was reported and in that time, an estimated 30 million people have died, another 34 million are living with the virus and an estimated 7,000 new infections occur every day. But it is not all bad news - according to a new report by UNAIDS, a record 1.4 million people started antiretroviral drugs in 2010, and the global rate of new HIV infections declined by nearly 25 percent between 2001 and 2009.

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"I WAS raped when I was 18 years old in 1993. Due to the history of rape I did an HIV test in 2004 as I had not encountered any sexual relationship with any man. I did not disclose anything to anyone because back then, it was very hard.

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An initiative that encourages men to visit exclusively male clinics is gaining popularity in western Kenya and increasing male participation in prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programmes.

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