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Testing & Therapy for Moms Reduces U.S. Infant Infection

The infant HIV-infection rate is declining in the U.S. and Europe, new research reports. U.S. cases had swelled to almost 1,800 per year, but in 1996 fewer than 500 HIV-infected babies were born. Even though heterosexual women are a fast-growing group in the epidemic, stepped-up testing among pregnant women plus anti-viral therapy for those infected can bring transmission rates to unborn babies from 25-30% down to 8%. Unfortunately, infant infection rates are still increasing in less-developed countries, where about 1,000 HIV-infected babies are born daily. Testing and therapies are too expensive to be widely available there.

-- Sandy Bartlett, Community Information/Education Coordinator

HIV Wellness Center: "Renewal! Back to Work, Back to Life," a seminar on returning to work and what impact that might have on MediCare and Medicaid benefits. Friday, September 19, 1:30-4:30pm, Austin State Hospital, Guadalupe at 41st Street, at the Canteen.

HIV Wellness Center: HIV Treatment Update with Dr. Robert Kasper of the David Powell Clinic Saturday, September 20, 1:30-4:30pm, Austin State Hospital, Guadalupe at 41st Street, at the Canteen.

ASA Info Line: 458-AIDS

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