President Clinton Announces Plan to Eliminate New HIV Infections Among Children and Keep Mothers Alive

A Child Born With HIV Every Minute

"No child wants to be born with HIV," Claire told ABC News. "My parents were not poor. They were both educated, no one would have thought they would have a child with HIV."

With proper antiretroviral drugs medication (ARV), Claire will have a normal life, including having her future children born without the HIV virus.

"I want to have children. I want two," she said.

Significant progress has been made in the past decade in reducing mother-to-child transmission, with infection rates among children born to mothers living with HIV having declined by 26 percent from 2001 to 2009, according UNAIDS.

Still, more than 1 million pregnant women are living with HIV worldwide and a child is born with HIV every minute.

In Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, addressing the epidemic means not just access to ARV, but also tackling the stigma associated with having HIV. President Jonathan announced not only his support for the plan but an additional bill to end discrimination against the people with the virus, a problem that has been as widespread as the pandemic itself within Nigeria.

"The time is now for Africa to take the lead," Jonathan said.

The launch of the global plan is one of several events taking place this week as part of the three-day, high-level meeting of the General Assembly on AIDS, which began Wednesday.

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