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Mother-child HIV transmission elimination is accomplished. A global great advance

The elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission — so-called vertical transmission — is being accomplished, which is a great medical and ethical advance. It has now been announced see HERE that this type of HIV transmission has been eradicated in Thailand, apparently making it the first Asian country to do so. The HIV transmission rate fell from 20%-40% in 1990 to 1.9% in 2015. The WHO considers that vertical transmission of HIV has been eliminated when the percentage of HIV-positive children is less than 2%.

 

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