Number of Canadian babies born with HIV now near zero (Dr. Joel Singer)
Canada has virtually eliminated the incidence of mothers passing HIV to their infants at birth, primarily because of high rates of prenatal testing and ready access to drug treatment that subdues the infection, researchers say.
In 2014, there was only one case of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Canada, continuing a decade-long downward trend, said Jason Brophy, chair of the Canadian Pediatric and Perinatal AIDS Research Group (CPARG), which has been tracking cases since 1990.
Joel Singer, a professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, co-authored a study showing that in 2014, 97 per cent of all HIV-positive women in Canada had received anti-retroviral drugs before giving birth.
Sheryl Ubelacker reports.
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy