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May 2004

Successes and Challenges in the Perinatal HIV-1 Epidemic in the United States as Illustrated by the HIV-1 Serosurvey of Childbearing Women

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(5):422-425. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.5.422

Almost all human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infections in children in the United States, as well as globally, are secondary to mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of the virus. In the past decade, there has been impressive success in the United States and other resource-rich countries in reducing incident pediatric HIV-1 infections and a concomitant dramatic decrease in the incidence of new cases of pediatric AIDS.1 In contrast, in resource-limited settings, initiation of testing programs to allow pregnant women to learn their HIV-1 serostatus and use of effective short-course antiretroviral interventions to prevent MTCT are just now beginning to be implemented.2

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