Mother to Child HIV transmission (MTCT)

Posted by Agatha / on 06/02/2009 / 2 Comments


Mother to Child HIV transmission (MTCT)


MTCT accounts for the vast majority of the more than 100,000 estimated new HIV infection in children worldwide annually. In "resource-rich' settings very few children are now born with HIV. The MTCT rates are less than 2% and children with HIV/AIDS are living longer and healthier lives.


In the absence of any intervention an estimated 30% of mothers with HIV infection will transmit HIV during pregnancy and delivery.


In pediatric Aids symptoms appear soon after birth but may not be recognized as HIV-related. HIV-infected babies suffer chronic, severe morbidity and their symptoms do not often respond to conventional treatment


To avoid MTCT the aim would be to primarily prevent women being infected, prevent unwanted/unplanned pregnancies in HIV+ women, have a package of specific Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission (PMTCT) interventions for pregnant, HIV+ women & HIV-exposed babies. Facilities and activities also should be provided for care and support.








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  • sushila says:

    really needs dissemination to men and women all over world especially in developing countries.

    June 3, 2009 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

  • Agatha says:

    I agree. This is a weak link that must be addressed if any real progess is to be made.

    June 7, 2009 at 10:30 PM | Permalink


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