The Global Plan, developed by UNAIDS, as part of the Millennium Development Goals, aims to eliminate, by 2015, new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive. Although this plan covers all low- and middle-income countries, its main focus is on 22 countries (mostly in the sub-Saharan Africa) with the highest estimated numbers of pregnant women living with HIV. To prevent new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive, pregnant women living with HIV and their children need anti-retroviral drugs. When antiretroviral drugs are used as prophylaxis, HIV transmission can be reduced to less than 5%.
Today and tomorrow, the folks from UNAIDS will join AIDS experts from around the world to address these issues at the World AIDS Day symposium, AIDS@30, December 1-2 at the Harvard School of Public Health and held at the Joseph Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School.
To find out how you can contribute or take part in today’s commemoration on the fight against AIDS, check out the HHS website dedicated to the cause. Click this LINK.