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Kenya to Triple Size of Vertical HIV Transmission Prevention Program
Kenya is planning by the end of 2003 to triple the size of its program to reduce vertical HIV transmission, Reuters reports. Kenyan health officials hope to increase the number of centers where
HIV-positive pregnant women can receive antiretroviral treatment from 85 to 256. It is not clear how many more women will be covered by the program expansion. "The government has made prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV a priority intervention," Health Minister Sam Ongeri said, adding, "Voluntary counseling and testing and the prevention of
mother-to-child transmission services are and will continue to be absolutely free" at the government-run sites. According to UNICEF, about 150,000 infants will be born to HIV-positive women in Kenya over the next 12 months. An estimated 2.2 million Kenyans are HIV-positive, and about 106,000 of them are children under age five, Ongeri said (Reuters, 8/14).
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