World AIDS Day 2010: Top signs of progress

By , Correspondent

Fewer babies born with HIV

More countries are effectively preventing HIV from being transmitted from mother to child. UNAIDS estimates that 370,000 children were newly-infected in 2009, which is a large number, but is also a 24 percent decline from several years ago.

Conversely, the number of HIV-positive pregnant women who received treatment to prevent transmission of HIV to their children increased drastically – from 35 percent in 2007 to 53 percent in 2009. The number of countries with large numbers of women not receiving treatment to prevent transmission has shrunk to 14.

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