Mother-to-child transmission accounts for a large number of new HIV infection cases, either through in utero, childbirth or breastfeeding, and a large number in HIV-related deaths every year. Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services are crucial in mitigating and eliminating the AIDS pandemic, allowing children to grow up HIV-free while also letting their mothers live long healthy lives. HIV attacks the cells in the immune system, destroying our body’s natural defence against illness. Antiretroviral therapy can save lives as it stops the HIV virus from attacking the cells of the immune system. An early diagnosis means the patient can start the antiretroviral treatments early which allows the immune system to maintain its strength to fight off infections and diseases. The Elton John Aids Foundation aims to create an AIDS free future through support programs to fight HIV stigma, discrimination and marginalisation, treatment programs to provide HIV testing and increased access to antiretroviral therapy and prevention programs to provide education to increase awareness and protection.
Mother-to-Child transmission is the main method of HIV infection for children under 15, with 1,500 new cases every day. Due to prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services, cases of HIV in children between 2009 and 2014 in many countries dropped by over 60%, bringing the world closer to an AIDS free future. Without antiretroviral therapy, a mother has a 15 - 45% chance of transmitting HIV to her child, but through treatment, a mother can have a less than 5% chance of transmission. Antiretroviral medication can create an AIDS free generation.
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At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than $400 million over the past quarter-century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.