Cuba Has Officially Eradicated HIV Transmission to Babies*
The World Health Organizaiton says Cuba has just scored a huge victory in the global battle against HIV and syphilis.
Cuba became the first country in the world Tuesday to be recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.
“This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation” said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.
According to the WHO, Cuba’s mother-to-child transmission rate of HIV is now below 2 percent of births, while syphilis transmission is less than 0.5 percent. Just two babies were born with HIV in Cuba in 2013, while 5 were born with syphilis, according to figures verified by the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization.
Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of the United Nations program UNAIDS, described Cuba’s achievement as…
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