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MSF factsheet on children and HIV/AIDS

In rich countries, paediatric HIV/AIDS is largely under control: prevention of mother-to-child transmission is successful, and infants and children have access to diagnostics and antiretroviral therapy. But 87% of the estimated 2.3 million children living with HIV/AIDS grow up in sub- Saharan Africa, and the vast majority are beyond the reach of these health services. They are condemned to die due to lack of access to treatment - without treatment, half of all babies infected with HIV die before their second birthday.