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World AIDS Day 2014

This World AIDS Day, let’s keep mothers in mind.

Maternal mortality and HIV remain the two leading causes of death among women of reproductive age. Forty-seven percent of people living with HIV worldwide are women. Many factors such as intimate partner violence, lack of education, and lack of testing during antenatal checkups, prevent a woman from getting treated.

In 2012, only 38% of pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries were tested for HIV. Mothers and pregnant women seek healthcare for themselves and their children more often than men. Reproductive health care visits provide an opportunity for the health care system to test and treat women with HIV or those at high risk.

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