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Patient-centered care improves the health of HIV-infected pregnant and breastfeeding women : healthy mothers means healthy families
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    More than 17.8 million women are living with HIV worldwide and about 900,000 are infected with HIV each year1. Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV (PHLIV) and poses an especially serious risk to pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children. However, with life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) and appropriate TB screening and treatment, women with HIV can live long, healthy lives, and have the opportunity to be there for their families. In order to ensure that women and their children can routinely access these HIV and TB services, it is critical that HIV service delivery models are tailored to meet the needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leading agency in the care and treatment of HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women, working hard to provide ART and TB services through patient-centered models that cater to patients’ individual needs, ensuring programs provide quality and respectful holistic care. Below are two projects that highlight this approach to comprehensive and patient-centered services

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