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Ending Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission Is Possible

Huffington Post: The Difference a Decade Makes in Preventing Newborn HIV/AIDS
Patricia Nkansah-Asamoah, former director of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child (PMTCT) Clinic at Tema Hospital in Ghana

“…[Antiretroviral] medication, which keeps people living with HIV alive and healthy, can also enable HIV-positive pregnant women to deliver HIV-negative babies. As a doctor focused in this field, there is nothing better than seeing an end to this needless cycle of illness. Babies born without HIV are living proof that with focus, we really can deliver an AIDS-Free Generation in the next few years. But it’s not easy, and it’s not a guarantee. … As the 2015 goal of ending mother-to-child transmission fast approaches, this is time for everyone — governments, business and people — to rally around the AIDS fight. We need to cross the line, and only together will we succeed in delivering an AIDS-Free Generation” (9/9).

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