Why has Illinois developed a statewide Perinatal HIV Hotline and safety net of prevention?

Rates of perinatal transmission of HIV can be reduced to less than 1% if pregnant HIV-infected women are in care and receive optimal treatment. The Perinatal HIV Hotline is one component of the statewide safety net of services designed to identify pregnant HIV-infected women and link them to care. The Hotline was developed to act as a lynchpin of the safety net offering medical consultation, activating enhanced case management to link women to care, and providing support and follow-up for rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery units.