Fewer children get HIV

South Africa is winning the war against HIV infection in children. A UNAIDS report ways that there was a 63 percent decline in new HIV infections among children in 2012. Compared with 2009, this meant 24,000 less children contracted the virus. The aim is to have zero infections by 2015.

In 2012 a total of 14,000 children were infected with the virus in South Africa.

In 2010, 210,000 children were eligible for HIV therapy in South Africa.

According to UNAIDS, the HIV transmission rate from mother to child (including breastfeeding) in South Africa for 2012 was five percent. It was six percent in 2011, seven percent in 2010 and 14 percent in 2009.

The number of women acquiring HIV infection between the ages of 15 to 49 in 2012 was 150,000. In 2011 it was 200,000, in 2010 and 2009 it was 210,000.

This means 28 percent fewer women in that age group were newly infected with HIV, according to the UNAIDS study.

Have you been diagnosed HIV+ but you’re not on treatment? Get to your clinic as soon as possible to get treatment to prevent your baby getting HIV!

Tell us MAMAs - do you think we are winning the war on HIV from what you see around you - or are too many of us still living in the dark about it?


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