Taipei--The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed a case on Tuesday of an infant born with HIV/AIDS, the first such case in three years.
The CDC suspects that the virus was transmitted vertically through pregnancy to the child, the CDC said, adding that the mother, a 40-year-old Taiwanese living overseas, had not had a prenatal examination until she returned to Taiwan at eight months pregnant.
The doctor gave the woman a cesarean section soon after finding out that she is HIV-positive and prescribed pre-exposure prophylaxis for the infant.
At 2 months old, however, the baby was still confirmed to be infected with the disease, the CDC said.
The infant is receiving more medicine and is currently in good health, it added.
The last time Taiwan reported a baby infected with HIV/AIDS was in 2014, when a pregnant woman did not find out her HIV-positive status until a prenatal examination when she was between four to six months pregnant.
Her baby was confirmed to be an HIV-carrier at birth, the CDC said.
There were 1,960 women in Taiwan infected with HIV/AIDS as of April this year, with 991 of them getting the disease through heterosexual sex and 913 through injection due to drug abuse, according to the CDC.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel