Working toward the elimination of Mother to Child HIV Transmission in the U.S.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Opt-Out Testing Strategy

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


Jul 13 2016

Webinar: HIV Testing Recommendations for Women

Join the CDC's Elimination of Perinatal HIV Transmission Comprehensive Real-Time Case Finding Stakeholders for a webinar entitled "


Jun 15 2016

National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day is June 27, 2016.


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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