Successful Australian HIV Program May be Used Worldwide

A successful program in Western Australia aimed at protecting unborn babies of HIV-infected mothers could be used worldwide, according to public health experts. This state-wide service, which has been conducted over the last 14 years, goes into remote parts of the state to treat women infected with HIV during their pregnancy, as well as their children for a month after birth.

Health experts in Western Australia hopes that this program could have important implication for Africa and other countries with high HIV incidence. However, other colleagues are unsure whether this would work outside Australia, especially with the problems that would arise out of logistics.

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