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Thailand First Asian Nation To Eliminate Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission; Belarus, Armenia Also Reach Milestone, WHO Says

Agence France-Presse: Thailand first in Asia to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV: WHO
“Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, a milestone in the fight against the disease…” (6/8).

Associated Press: Thailand, Belarus, Armenia eliminate mother-child HIV spread
“…Cuba became the first country to reach the goal last year. Along with Thailand, Belarus eliminated the mother-to-child spread of HIV and syphilis, Armenia did for HIV, and Moldova did for syphilis, the WHO announced Tuesday…” (Mason, 6/7).

CNN: Thailand eliminates mother-to-child HIV transmission
“…[Thailand] is also the first [nation] with a ‘large HIV epidemic’ to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of the diseases. In 2014, an estimated 450,000 people were living with HIV in Thailand…” (McKirdy, 6/7).

Deutsche Welle: Thailand first Asian country to reduce mother-baby HIV transmission rates
“…In 2000, Thailand became one of the first countries in the world to offer free antiretroviral medication to all pregnant women diagnosed with HIV and screenings for the virus during pregnancy are also routine, the WHO said…” (6/8).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: First in Asia, Thailand eliminates mother-to child transmission of HIV
“…Elimination of transmission is defined as a reduction of transmission to such a low level that it no longer constitutes a public health problem…” (Tang, 6/7).

Xinhua: Thailand becomes first Asian nation to wipe out mother-to-child HIV spread
“…Thai Ministry of Public Health said the rate of HIV transmission from pregnant mothers to their newborns in Thailand declined from 10.3 percent in 2003 to 1.91 percent in 2015, a figure that was validated to meet WHO’s criteria for elimination — mother-to-child transmission rates of less than two percent and fewer than 50 new infections in 100,000 births…” (6/8).

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