First in Asia, Thailand eliminates mother-to child transmission of HIV

An HIV-infected patient counts drug tablets at a hospital in Payao provinceBy Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Anya Nopalit became pregnant with her first son, 16 years ago, she learned she had HIV and worried she would pass the virus on to him. Fortunately, Thailand had launched a program that year to provide antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and counseling for pregnant women with HIV, and her son was born free of the virus. A decade later, she had a second son – this time, armed with knowledge about how to monitor the amount of HIV in her blood – her viral load – and the CD4 cells protecting her from infection.

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