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FLORIDA: HIV-Infected Newborns a Concern


Health News Florida (05.21.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

According to a report in the “South Florida Sun-Sentinel,” 5 out of 457 babies exposed to the HIV virus in utero were born HIV-positive in the state of Florida last year. This statistic troubles public health officials, since maternal transmission is preventable if doctors detect the infection early enough in pregnancy. To see the Florida Department of Health 2012 map that demonstrates by county the number of infants exposed to HIV in the uterus and how many were born with the virus, visit


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