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Mother-to-child HIV transmission almost stopped in Russia

October 27, 2014, 21:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

There are almost no more children with AIDS in the country

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MOSCOW, October 27. /TASS/. Very few cases of vertical (mother-to-child) transmission of HIV have been detected lately in Russia, which means that such way of virus transmission has been almost stopped in the country, Russia’s Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova told a roundtable conference at Russia’s Public Chamber on Monday.

“We have practically ceased vertical HIV transmission in the country”, she said, adding that 99% of all new-born children and 85% of pregnant women in Russia currently receive AIDs-prevention therapy.

The minister stressed that the age of HIV-infected had altered and there were almost no more children with AIDS in the country.

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