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Thailand Says No to Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission

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Mother-to-baby HIV transmission 'wiped out'

Thailand is going to start its new journey after the validation from the WHO on 7th June, 2016 regarding the HIV transmission.

The WHO has validated that Thailand became the first country in Asia to eliminate the mother-to-child HIV transmission and syphilis disease.

Before some years the country was the epidemic region of AIDS and now it is going to start its journey with the HIV free generation.

The Health Minister of Thailand has received the certificate of validation on the eve of the United Nations General-Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York.

Thailand: Inspiration For Other Countries

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Thailand has shown that it is possible to make a country AIDS free where it was an epidemic problem.

Thailand has taken important and innovative measures regarding the maternal and child care so that there would not be any transmission of HIV from mother to child.

Thailand’s achievement is true inspiration for the neighboring countries.

According to a recent report, there are still more than 21,000 infants in the Asia-Pacific region who have born with HIV disease.

The aim now should be focused to rectify that problem. It has been seen that maximum possibility to transfer the HIV infection from mother to child is during the pregnancy and successive stages.

Thailand has taken necessary measures using anti-retroviral medicines which are given to the mother and infant at the times when the infection could occur.

Check out the validation process:

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé called the achievement an important milestone in efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 Image Courtesy: Google
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé called the achievement an important milestone in efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. (Image Courtesy: Google)

Two years ago WHO gave the guidelines regarding validation of elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis with different indicators for different countries.

In that guideline it has been told that prevention of transmission is not fully effective measure and that is why elimination of transmission was defined to reduce the transmission level during the susceptible period.

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