HIV transmission from mother to child nearly eliminated in Canada

Each year, an average of 200 are born in Canada to women diagnosed with HIV


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Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of pre-natal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say.

In 2014, there was only one case of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Canada, continuing a decade-long downward trend, said Dr. Jason Brophy, chair of the Canadian Pediatric and Perinatal AIDS Research Group (CPARG), which has been tracking cases since 1990.

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