WHO aims to end HIV infections in children by 2030

WHO aims to end HIV infections in children by 2030

The World Health Organisation has partnered with UNAIDS and UNICEF to try and end HIV infections in children within the next decade.

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HIV/AIDS continues to remain a struggle all around the world, affecting millions of people. 

Although there has been a lot of progress in terms of education and treatment for the virus and disease, many children continue to be marginalised. 

According to an August report by WHO, only half (52%) of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment. This is far behind the 76% of adults who are receiving antiretrovirals. 

But, all this might change soon.

The organisation has partnered with UNAIDS and UNICEF to look at ways of ensuring that children around the world receive the much needed treatment. 

Not only that, but it also hopes to end HIV/AIDS infection in children. 

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Globally, only half (52%) of children living with HIV are on life-saving treatment, far behind adults where three quarters (76%) are receiving antiretrovirals. 

The WHO will look at the following objectives: 

 - Closing the treatment gap for pregnant and breastfeeding adolescent girls and women living with HIV and optimising continuity of treatment;

- Preventing and detecting new HIV infections among pregnant and breastfeeding adolescent girls and women;

- Accessible testing, optimised treatment, and comprehensive care for infants, children, and adolescents exposed to and living with HIV; and

- Addressing rights, gender equality, and the social and structural barriers that hinder access to services. 

One of the best ways to prevent mother-to-child HIV infection is through PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) - medicine that reduces your chances of getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. 

According to CDC, this may be an option to help protect you and your baby from getting HIV while you try to get pregnant, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.

It is advisable to talk to your health practitioner on which PrEP option is best for you. 

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Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor on any health-related issues.

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