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Preventing HIV Transmission from Mother to Child Thesis Statement The percentage of HIV transmission from mother to child can be prevented in a number of ways IThe AZT treatment is one way to prevent HIV AAZT is a drug that decreases mother to child transmission of HIV BAZT is given to the HIV positive mother throughout her pregnancy IIHIV can be contracted through breast-feeding AThere is a 14 chance of transmission of HIV from mother to child through breast-feeding BThere are alternatives to breast-feeding such as formula and a milk bank 1Alternatives to breast-feeding have their bad sides 2Breast-feeding can be made safer IIIHIV testing in pregnant women can lower HIV transmission from mother to child AHIV testing in pregnant women is a good idea 1Mother who knows their HIV status can make informed choices about their pregnancy 2Voluntary HIV testing in pregnant women has a very low success rate 3Women are scared of the test results 4Prenatal HIV testing is less costly than treating the mother and the child for HIV BMandatory testing for HIV in pregnant women also has its down sides 1Women could be scared away from the health care system 2Tests may not be confidential Preventing HIV Transmission from Mother to Child In 1993 approximately 7000 HIV-infected women gave birth in the United States Of those newborns 1000 to 2000 are infected with HIV-now the seventh leading cause of death in children aged 1 to 4 Gordon and Hooker HIV in children is becoming more and more widespread and there is still no cure for it The most common way children contract HIV is through their mother The percentage of HIV transmission from mother to child can be prevented in a number of ways One of the ways HIV transmission from mother to child can be prevented is through AZT treatment AZT is a drug that is given
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