HIV's Greatest Success: Preventing Transmission from Mothers-To-Babies

FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Amy Jacob

James McIntyre, MBChB, FRCOG, continued to discuss the key success story in HIV prevention history: preventing transmission from mothers to babies. Many papers report that transmission has dropped to less than 2%, and across Africa transmission has dropped from 18% to less than 6%. According to McIntyre, that's a hugely motivating result showing they can use antiretrovirals appropriately to prevent transmission.

When discussing the future of HIV vaccines, McIntyre believed that the holy grail of vaccine development would be one shot once for anybody, and probably given to the child. While they can't yet give a timeline for that, this is the direction, McIntyre said, vaccine developmental teams would like to go.

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