Key results - HIV
766,000 counselling and testing encounters for HIV
Transmission of HIV from mother to child eliminated
95% retention on ART 12 months after commencing treatment (2016)
HIV positive TB patients on ART in (2015)
Source: World Health Organization
Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
The World Health Organization recently declared Cuba the first country to have eliminated the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child, a landmark in the response to HIV globally. Cuba’s comprehensive health system is available for all citizens equally, and is effective in integrating the health care of mothers and children with the health management of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Because of this integration, Cuba has been able to offer early access to prenatal care, testing for both pregnant women and their partners and treating women and their babies when they test positive. These interventions are vital to preventing the transmission from mother to child. Because of Cuba’s comprehensive prevention programme, by 2013 only two babies were born with HIV.