April 17, 2007
The report said that a "greater effort should be made to follow up HIV-exposed children and to determine the HIV status of all children born to mothers living with HIV/AIDS so that appropriate care and support can be provided." The United Nations agencies called for increased investment in tests to detect HIV in infants and in fixed-dosed pediatric drug formulations that could raise survival rates of HIV-positive infants and children. The agencies also recommended more screening for other sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis to help reduce the spread of HIV (MacInnis, Reuters Africa, 4/17). "The significant progress outlined in this report in scaling up access to treatment is a positive step forward for many countries in achieving their ambitious goals of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support," Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, said, adding, "However, new data in the report also sho[w] that there is still a long way to go, particularly in the widespread provision of treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, which remains one of the simplest and cheapest proven prevention methods available" (WHO release, 4/17).
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