HIV prevention

Ethiopian mothers with HIV get treatment to avoid passing disease to their kids

REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

A clinic in central Ethiopia provides HIV-positive mothers treatment to keep them from transmitting the disease to their children. The treatment involves taking medicine during both the pregnancy and breastfeeding. Despite widespread efforts to eradicate AIDS and raise awareness about the disease, only 24 percent of pregnant women in Ethiopia who are eligible for HIV services receive them. And, sadly, one out of every three children born to an HIV-positive mother is afflicted with the virus. While the challenge of eliminating AIDS remains great, there have been improvements in services and care in Ethiopia, according to Sisay Dinku, a woman who provides counseling at the clinic.

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