On March 8th, 2012, Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State for the United States, called on the world to create an "AIDS-Free generation" by using a host of interventions to prevent HIV transmission and infection.
In addition to more traditional approaches to HIV prevention, such as condom use, and antiviral drugs can prevent infected pregnant women and nursing mothers from spreading the virus to their children. Last year alone, more than 114,000 mother-to-child transmissions were prevented, Clinton said.
“Today, one in seven new infections occurs when a mother passes the virus to a child,” Clinton said. “We can get that number to zero.”
Education Fights AIDS is ready to do our part. We educate our members, we provide them with condoms and teach them to use them. The Circle of Love project, that provides transportation to medical centers and covers the costs of medical tests and treatments, plays a critical role in assuring that our HIV positive association members have access to medical care that will prevent the transmission of HIV to their children.
Of course, HIV positive women have every right to have children and to fulfill every one of their dreams of becoming a mother. In this day and age, with the best medical intervention, the chances of an HIV positive mom transmitting HIV to her baby are slim to none.
That is the good news.
Of course, the members of EFA's associations live in a part of the world where those medical interventions are not easy to access nor are they cheap. The support EFA provides through the Circle of Love is literally life-saving. It is also saving a generation.
EFA seeks to support and empower our members. A sign of a job well done is that our members are living happy, successful, and, most importantly, healthy lives. Pregnancy and the births of their children is a joyful sign that they believe in their own ability to remain healthy.
Our support extends to the next generation--the AIDS free generation.