Cuba Nearly Eliminates Mother-to-Child HIV Infections

Cuba on 30 June became the first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV and syphilis.  Low-level transmission still occurs there: in 2013, three babies were born with congenital syphilis and two with HIV. But the country has met the official WHO criteria for elimination:  fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 live births for at least 1 year.

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