Mother to Child HIV Transmission in the U.S.

Working towards the elmination of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in the U.S.

Your Reproductive Health

The reproductive health needs of women with HIV are not being met. One-half of the more than 140,000 HIV serodiscordant couples in the US desire children.

Early Detection and Treatment

Early detection and treatment of HIV infection is the best way to help prevent neonatal disease. All pregnant women should be screened for HIV as early as possible during each pregnancy.

Know Your HIV Status

All women should know their HIV status. HIV screening should be a standard part of gyn and obstetric care for women aged 13-64 with targeted screening for other women with risk factors, including sexually active adolescents.

Opt-Out Testing Strategy

Many states have adopted the opt-out testing strategy and have incorporated it into their laws and regulations.

Recent Announcements

Mar 1 2018
2018 Perinatal HIV Treatment Guidelines

Webinar provided by the CDC's Elimination of Perinatal HIV Transmission Stakeholders Group on the new 2018 Perinatal HIV Treatmen

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Nov 29 2017
CDC New Vital Signs on HIV Testing and Diagnosis Delays

On November 28, CDC a new Vital Signs on HIV testing and diagosis delays which includes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Repo

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Nov 20 2017
Webinar: Gynecological Care for Women and Adolescents with Human Immunodeficiency Virus

The American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists hosted a free webinar on Gynecological Care for Women and Adolescents on November 6, 2017

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HIV & Non-Pregnant Women

There are more than one million people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the United States today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately one-fifth (21%) do not know they are infected.

Women make up a growing proportion of new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States and women of color are disproportionately affected:

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HIV & Pregnant Women

Early identification and treatment of HIV infection in pregnant women not only improves the health of the mother, but is the best way to prevent neonatal disease.

The use of antiretroviral medications given to women with HIV during pregnancy and labor and to their newborns in the first hours after birth can reduce the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission from 25% to less than 1%. Without treatment, approximately 1 in 4 exposed babies will be infected.

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