WASHINGTON (AP) — AIDS specialists are hearing a call to expand help for women far beyond a global focus on pregnancy.
Many countries have increased treatment of HIV-infected pregnant women to lower their chances of infecting their babies.
But UNICEF's Dr. Chewe Luo says most countries don't automatically continue anti-AIDS drugs for those women after their babies are weaned — important for keeping them healthy long-term. She praised Malawi for starting to do just that.
And she said adolescent girls — the 10- to 18-year-olds — are too often ignored by global HIV testing, prevention and treatment programs. Without protecting them, she says, all the investment for healthy babies was for nothing.