An Innovative Approach to Triple Elimination of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B in Viet Nam. Nguyen VTT, Trang HQ, Anh NTL, et al. (2015)

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Viet Nam has committed to working towards the elimination of HIV mother-to-child transmission. The stated goals are to reduce the vertical transmission rate of HIV nationally to less than 5% by 2015 and to less than 2% by 2020.

Viet Nam has high hepatitis B virus (HBV) and low HIV and syphilis prevalence among pregnant women. Antenatal care (ANC) coverage is high (one visit 96,6%, three visits 87.5%)*. Prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and infant hepatitis B immunization are managed by separate vertical programmes and services. It is national policy that free provider-initiated universal HIV testing is recommended to pregnant women (PW). Syphilis and hepatitis B testing are not routinely offered. This study aims at demonstrating an innovative model of combined universal screening for HIV, syphilis, and HBV for PW and treatment of infected PW in ANC to prevent vertical transmission of three infections.

 


Keywords: HIV, HBV, PMTCT, Antenatal care (ANC), pregnant women

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