Mother-to-child HIV transmission almost eliminated in Canada (Dr. Joel Singer)

Canada has almost entirely ended mother-to-child HIV transmission, thanks to increased screenings and treatment during pregnancy, researchers said Wednesday.

Canada saw only one transmission in 2014, findings from the Canadian Perinatal HIV Surveillance Program (CPHSP) show.

“The happy conclusion, at this point, is that vertical transmission in Canada is rare, and groups which were at excess risk are no longer so,” said Joel Singer, a professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.

Emily Chan reports.

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