PBS NewsHour, Science Continue HIV/AIDS Series With Pieces On Growing Epidemic In Russia, Mother-To-Child Transmission In Nigeria

PBS NewsHour: 1 million Russians are HIV-positive, but only a third get treatment
“Russia’s HIV epidemic is growing by 10 percent per year, and yet many proven HIV prevention and treatment strategies aren’t being used. William Brangham and Jason Kane report in collaboration with Jon Cohen of Science Magazine and the Pulitzer Center in our ongoing series ‘The End of AIDS: Far From Over.’ … [C]orrespondent William Brangham and producer Jason Kane return to look at the other factors behind the continued growth of this epidemic, and how the Russian government is responding…” (6/12).

Science: Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It’s a distinction no country wants
“…At a time when rates of mother-to-child transmission of HIV have plummeted, even in far poorer countries, Nigeria accounted for 37,000 of the world’s 160,000 new cases of babies born with HIV in 2016. The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria does have an exceptionally large HIV-infected population of 3.2 million people. But South Africa — the hardest-hit country in the world, with 7.1 million people living with the virus — had only 12,000 newly infected children in 2016. The high infection rate, along with the lack of access to [antiretrovirals (ARVs)] — coverage is just 30 percent — helps explain why 24,000 children here died of AIDS in 2016, nearly three times as many as in South Africa…” (Cohen, 6/12).

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