Drive vs. mother-to-child HIV infection launched

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – “Make sure that your child is free
from HIV infection. Take the test. Free, voluntary, and confidential.”

The message is from a promotional banner printed in time for the
launching of the “Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
Infection” (PMTCT) program.

The government-run Davao Medical Center has piloted the program to
prevent infection of HIV-AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus-acquired
immunodeficiency syndrome) from mothers to their children.To pilot it in Mindanao, DMC’s HIV-AIDS Core Team (HACT) and the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology cooperated with the United
Nations Children’s Fund (Unique) amid a growing concern of an
increasing number of children living with HIV-AIDS after being
infected by their mothers.

Dr. Alicia Layug, HACT head, said testing for pregnant women and their
husbands will be free. DMC charges P350 for walk in test clients.

Standby for the rest of the report on MindaNews.com.

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