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Guyana aims to completely eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV by 2015

Guyana will be one of the Caribbean countries come 2015 that would eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV, a target set out by UNAIDS. The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS believes that the region’s fight to eliminate the virus is showing some positive results.

Director of PANCAP Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland said the body is looking forward to the day when there will be a generation born HIV free.

Guyana’s reduction in cases of mother to child transmission is credited to the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission programme. Guyana is ranked among more than 50 countries that have achieved a 25 per cent reduction in HIV prevalence in the last 10 years.

The Caribbean region has also set out other challenges for 2015 where there will be increased access to treatment by 80 percent and reduced new infections by 50 percent.

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