The HFP Perinatal HIV Prevention Project is a federally funded collaboration between HFP, the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO) of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), and ActionWellness (formerly ActionAIDS). The goals of this project are to improve the quality of local healthcare and prevention services for pregnant and postpartum women living with HIV, reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission, and improve long-term health outcomes for HIV+ women and their children.
Since 2012 the Perinatal HIV Prevention Project has provided support to local prenatal care providers through training and technical assistance, on-going education, and facilitation of connections and communication between various members of the health care and social service teams.
Did you know preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV is one of the biggest public health successes in recent decades? In 1996, clinical trials showed that HIV medication is safe and effective in pregnancy, and, since 2006, it has been the standard of care in the U.S. to test all pregnant women for HIV as part of routine prenatal care. A pregnant woman infected with HIV can be given medication and take other steps that can greatly reduce the risk of passing HIV to her baby to less than 1%. Without HIV treatment, the chance of mother-to-child HIV transmission during pregnancy, labor, or delivery is 25%.
For the latest guidelines on the clinical management of HIV (including issues in pregnancy), go to https://clinicalinfo.hiv.gov/en/guidelines/perinatal/whats-new-guidelines.
Every perinatal HIV transmission is preventable and represents missed opportunities such as engagement with medical, behavioral health, and social service systems. Since the late 1990s, HFP has been involved in provider education and technical assistance aiming to reduce our local mother-to-child HIV transmissions to zero.
The Perinatal HIV Prevention Project:
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