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Peru is the latest country to approve the use of the antiretroviral drug, Truvada, as pre-exposure prohpylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV among people at a high risk of infection.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that Cuba is officially the first country to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV (MTCT). Cuba has been working with WHO and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) since 2010 as part of a regional programme to eliminate both MTCT and syphilis. Elimination in this sense means ‘a reduction of transmission to such a low level that it no longer constitutes a public health problem.’
The number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean has decreased by 78 percent – from 10,700 in 2001, to 2,324 in 2013 – according to a new report by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report entitled, Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in the Americas, documents progress made towards the 2015 goals of eliminating mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV and congenital syphilis in the region.