12 June 2017
Many countries have increased treatment of HIV-infected pregnant women to lower their chances of infecting their babies, but most countries do not automatically continue treatment for those women after delivery - important for keeping them healthy long-term. Dr. Chewe Luo of UNICEF she said adolescent girls (10-18 year olds) are too often ignored by global HIV testing, prevention and treatment programs. Without protecting them, Luo said, all the investment for healthy babies was for nothing. Meanwhile, major new research is beginning in Africa to determine whether a special kind of vaginal ring might provide protection from HIV for women.
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