Florida reports record low number of babies born with HIV
In 2014, there were just six babies born with HIV infections in Florida. This marks a 95 percent decline since 1993, which was the year with the highest number of HIV-positive babies at 110.
In 2014, there were 505 women with HIV infections who gave birth. This means there was only a 1.2 percent transmission rate. Experts attribute these figures to strict medication adherence and proper prenatal care.
Florida’s perinatal HIV prevention program targets both medical providers as well as women in childbearing age. Medical providers receive education about laws in Florida that state all pregnant women must be tested for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, unless the said woman declines. Pregnant women who have HIV infections receive education about the necessity of adhering to medication, following proper prenatal care, and practicing breastfeeding alternatives.
“Every baby born in Florida should have the best chance for a healthy life,” State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health John Armstrong said. “With advances in HIV treatment, transmission from mother to baby is preventable and all pregnant women should be screened for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.”