Feb 20, 2017

HIV/AIDS mother-to-child transmission prevention milestone Featured

Out of 340,000 Sri Lankan mothers who have undergone tests for HIV/AIDS, only 15 have returned positive results, says director of the National STD and AIDS Prevention Movement Dr. Sisira Liyanage.

As the WHO prescribed standard figure is less than 50 for every 100,000 mothers, Sri Lanka has become a country that has prevented the mother-to-child transmission of the HIV/AIDS virus.

By the end of this year, Sri Lanka will be able to obtain the relevant certification.

Dr. Liyanage said steps will be taken to ensure HIV tests for all expectant mothers and sexual education, including prevention of unsafe sex, for young girls.

Last year, the country reported 179 men and 61 women as being HIV positive, he says.