Mother-to-Fetus/Infant Transmission of HIV-1: Scientific Evidence and Research Needs

  • Olav Meirik
Part of the Reproductive Biology book series (RBIO)


In less than two decades, the HIV virus has spread throughout the world, with virtually every country reporting cases of HIV infection to the World Health Organization (WHO) by 1990. It is remarkable how quickly researchers identified the HIV virus and its basic characteristics and structure, major modes of transmission, pathogenic mechanisms, and the symptoms and signs of HIV infection. But only recently has transmission from infected mothers to their fetuses and infants attracted the attention it deserves from the scientific community.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type Passive Immunization Perinatal Transmission Infected Mother 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olav Meirik
    • 1
  1. 1.World Health OrganizationUSA

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