Mar 24, 2014

Life for Mothers Comments on NY Times (March 13, 2014) Article: Gel Protects Monkeys From H.I.V. After Sex, Study Finds

AUTHOR:Donald MacNeilSOURCE:NY Times

The results of this trial study reported Wednesday could also lead to a significant reduction of new cases of HIV particularly in children. Approximately, 250,000 new cases occur primarily due to mother-to-child-transmission of HIV during pregnancy and childbirth. A mother who tests negative and eventually becomes infected by her partner could receive the gel before and after having sex and thusly remain HIV negative. Preventing and/or eliminating this pathway for infection will improve the lives of all families especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where most of these infections occur. In addition, a similar effect could be recognized with men having sex with men (MSM) and intravenous drug users worldwide. The authors should be commended for their work and human trials should begin as soon as feasible.

Did you know?

Maternal mortality is the health indicator that shows the widest gaps between rich and poor, both between and within countries.

Source:World Health Organization, 2010

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