September 16th, 2013

Zero new HIV infections among children can be a reality

Global Health

Since the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000, the world has made tremendous gains in reducing new HIV infections and helping people with HIV to live longer and healthier lives.

For a long time, efforts to ensure that a pregnant woman living with HIV would not pass the virus to her child — during pregnancy, at childbirth, or during breastfeeding — have lagged behind the promise of technology. But now we can say confidently that with the right efforts, we can reduce new HIV infections among children to zero, even within the short time remaining until the Millennium Development Goals are concluded at the end of 2015.

During the upcoming meeting of leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, the world’s governments, NGOs and the private sector should take an important step toward reaching the goal of zero new HIV infections among children…

By Jeffrey Sachs and Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. Read the full story on



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