Cuba Eradicates Syphilis, HIV Transmission to Babies

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Source: TeleSUR

March 20 2015

CUBA – FIRST IN THE WORLD

The World Health Organization is set to confirm Cuba as the first country in the world to have eliminated the STI transmission from mother to child.

cuba eradicates syphillisExperts from the World Health Organization (WHO) will visit Cuba soon to review if the country can be certified to have eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.

In order to receive the certification from the WHO, a country must have a transmission rate in less than 0.5 percent of live births in the case of syphilis and less than 2 percent in the case of HIV. Medical care for pregnant women and access to HIV tests must exceed 95 percent and antiretroviral treatment must be available for 95 percent of seropositive pregnant women.

“We believe Cuba meets the indicated requirements and we hope to receive certification,” said Dr…

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