Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission

According to the World Health Organization, Cuba has become the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child. An international delegation from the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization arrived in Cuba in March to confirm the country had met the criteria for designation. The Communist Cuban government provides its citizens with universal access to healthcare and coverage, despite Cubans reporting a decline in standards since the fall of the Soviet Union. In 2013 only 2 babies were born with HIV and 5 with syphilis. More>>

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine currently conducts interdisciplinary research on HIV and syphilis. Learn more about Tulane research projects.

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Women and girls continue to bear disproportionate burden of HIV

While great strides are being made to halt the spread of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, women and girls continue to bear a disproportionate and unacceptable burden of the disease. A new public-private partnership agreement between the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), a nonprofit product developer, and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, a major research-based pharmaceutical company – could help address this and ensure women have the tools to protect themselves from infection. more>>

Tulane university School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine does interdisciplinary research on HIV/AIDS/STIs. Learn more about our research projects.