With treatment and access to HIV care, all children of HIV infected mothers can be born HIV Free. Providing HIV treatment to the mother prior to childbirth and during breastfeeding can prevent HIV.
HIV transmission from mother to child takes place during birth in 90% of cases. In 10% of cases, transmission occurs due to transmission in mother's milk. Providing HIV treatment to the mother prior to childbirth and during breastfeeding can prevent nearly 100% of HIV transmission.
We are currently testing all of the babies born to women attending the clinic during this five year period - so far all of the babies of mothers who participated in the mother to child HIV transmission program are HIV free.
Over the course of 10 years (2005-2015) GAIA tested 15,439 pregnant women for HIV. That's 99% of women seen for prenatal care at the Hope Center Clinic in Sikoro, Mali. One of our patients explained how the program had saved her most recent child: "I've had two children infected with HIV, one passed away and the other is still with me. The boy who is sitting on my lap isn't infected because I had already learned to take the ARVs."