Brazil Vows to Slow HIV Transmission to Newborns
November 23, 2005
On Tuesday, Brazil's Health Ministry announced a new prenatal testing program promotion to help prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, with a goal to reduce the transmission rate for infected mothers to 1 percent by 2008. The ministry said that 75 percent of mothers in Brazil last year received prenatal HIV tests. To close the gap, the ministry, backed by UNICEF, pledged to provide 50,000 free HIV tests to pregnant and adolescent women in the poorest regions of Brazil starting next year.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.