“Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible,” Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, said in the press release. “This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation” she added.
In 2013, only two babies were born with HIV and only 3 babies were born with congenital syphilis in Cuba.
Cuba didn’t have too high of an HIV prevalence to begin with, as Science Mag points out, but being able to have a method that does work to eliminate HIV and syphilis in any capacity is one worth cheering for.
“Cuba’s success demonstrates that universal access and universal health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success, even against challenges as daunting as HIV,” PAHO Director, Dr Carissa F. Etienne, also stated in the WHO press release. “Cuba’s achievement today provides inspiration for other countries to advance towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.”