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63% drop in HIV pregnant women

The latest UNAIDS report shows improved numbers in terms of HIV infections.

According to the latest report by UNAIDS HIV transmission rate has dropped from 14 percent in 2009.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa saw a 63 percent drop in HIV infections among children in 2012, bringing to 14,000 the number of children infected with the virus.

According to the latest UNAIDS report, the HIV transmission rate from mother to child, including breastfeeding, dropped from 14 percent in 2009 to 5 percent.

Unicef's Shantha Bloemen says in 2012 the percentage of children up to the age of 14, who were eligible to receive antiretroviral therapy, was 67 percent.

"We now only have one out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV who didn't receive antiretroviral treatment during their pregnancies. That's a huge increase and is remarkable compared to other countries."

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