Paidamoyo Chipunza Health Reporter
Herald, Nov 14, 2013
ALL pregnant women who test HIV positive will immediately be placed on anti-retroviral treatment despite their CD4 count, Vice President Joice Mujuru has said launching the new HIV intervention code-named Option B+ and the elimination of mother to child transmission week at Madziire Secondary School in Chikomba yesterday, VP Mujuru said HIV-positive women would now be taking a three-in-one pill everyday instead of the previous plan where they took three different ARVs at a time. She said Government is fully committed to end HIV and Aids and supports such programmes as Option B+ which addresses the root cause of new born HIV infections.
“Our being here today marks another significant milestone in our endeavour to have an HIV free generation by 2015,” she said. “Furthermore, it demonstrates Government’s commitment to the attainment of Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 and 6 that seeks to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV and Aids, malaria and other diseases respectively by 2015.”