Science Magazine: Limits of Success
March 5, 2010
Science Magazine’s Jon Cohen surveys the progress made and remaining challenges of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, quoting Foundation experts Dr. Catherine Wilfert and Dr. Nicholas Hellmann.
"Huge disparities in access to proven methods to thwart HIV still exist between rich and poor countries. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) efforts are a case in point, explained pediatrician Elaine Abrams of Columbia University. In wealthy countries, where HIV-infected pregnant women receive cocktails of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and do not breastfeed, fewer than 2% transmit the virus to their babies. That’s a drop from as high as 40% of the women who receive no treatment and breastfeed."