Decline in Perinatal HIV Transmission Rates 2000-2011

From 2000-2011, perinatal HIV transmission rates have continually declined in the United Kingdom and Ireland, reaching a low of 5 per 1,000 in 2010-2011. Earlier initiation of ART during pregnancy contributed to this decrease. Rates of transmission were lower in women with undetectable viral loads as well as those with detectable viral loads who delivered via c-section compared with women with detectable viral loads who delivered vaginally.


Townsend CL, Byrne L, Cortina-Borja M, Thorne C, de Ruiter A, Lyall H, Taylor GP, Peckham CS, Tookey PA. Earlier initiation of ART and further decline in mother-to-child HIV transmission rates, 2000-2011. AIDS. 2014 Apr 24;28(&):1049-57.



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