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Zimbabwe Attempting to Put Brakes to Mother-Child HIV Transmission

  • Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye

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Zimbabwe’s National Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment co-ordinator in the Ministry of Health And Child Care, Dr. Angela Mushavi, says Zimbabwe is trying to get the world health certification for lowering the HIV/AIDS transmission of the virus from mother-to-child from 7% to 5%.

Dr. Mushavi says most countries, who attended the just-ended 2016 International AIDS Conference, are seeking the same certification and Zimbabwe will this year put measures in place to ensure that they attain their goal of a two percent reduction to reach certification.

Dr. Mushavi says one of the resolutions made at the 2016 AIDS Conference is that all people who test positive for the HIV virus should be put on antiretrovirals with immediate effect irrespective of their CD4 count or health status.

"It's been recommended that people who test positive for HIV/AIDS are put on antiretroviral medications at the earliest convenience to avoid complications later," said Dr. Mushavi.

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