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Medical News & Perspectives
July 10, 2002

MTCT-Plus Program Has Two Goals: End Maternal HIV Transmission + Treat Mothers

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JAMA. 2002;288(2):153-154. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.153-JMN0710-2-1

When it comes to reducing transmission of HIV to newborns in resource-poor countries, are health care workers throwing the mother out with the bath water?

Worldwide more than 1500 children per day become infected with HIV through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Low-cost, effective therapies can reduce this grim statistic. But pregnant women with HIV who receive little or no care for their illness may be less likely to seek treatment to avoid infecting their expected children. A new effort, MTCT-Plus, funded by private philanthropic foundations, hopes to change this dynamic.