Thailand first in Asia to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV: WHO

A push to distribute free condoms among sex workers throughout the late 1990s and the widespread rollout of antiretroviral drugs in the 2000s has seen huge success and won Thailand widespread praiseThailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, a milestone in the fight against the disease. Describing the elimination as a "remarkable achievement", the WHO said Thailand had "demonstrated to the world that HIV can be defeated". The global health body said Thailand's routine screening and universal free medication for pregnant women with HIV was crucial in stopping the virus being passed to new generations.

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