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 19–64 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

Jan 31 2017
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7

A national day to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.

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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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