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HIV infections down in children, U.N. says

Reducing HIV infections in children is a very important step towards a zero infected generation to come. This figures of Africa are encouraging.

 

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(CNN) — The number of children living with HIV is slowing down in areas of the world that typically account for the most new infections, the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS said Tuesday.

That’s proof, organizers said, that a program it created to get antiretroviral medications to pregnant women is working.

The program is known as “The Global Plan Toward Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive.” It was created by a joint effort between UNAIDS and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The initiative targets 22 countries that account for 90% of the world’s new pediatric infections.

The program gives antiretrovirals to pregnant women who are infected with HIV in those countries. The medicine prevents the transfer of the virus to their babies.

Seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa — Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Ghana and Ethiopia — have…

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Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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