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Cuba named first country to end mother-to-child HIV transmission. No injectable drugs and no queers helped a lot.
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Remmy
2015-07-01 00:07:59 UTC
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The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first
country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and
syphilis from mother to child.

The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation
that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in
March determined the country met the criteria for the
designation. In 2013, only two children in Cuba were born with
HIV and five with syphilis, the statement said.

"Cuba's success demonstrates that universal access and universal
health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success,
even against challenges as daunting as HIV," PAHO Director
Carissa Etienne said in the statement.

Cuba's Communist government considers its free healthcare a
major achievement of the 1959 revolution, although ordinary
Cubans complain of a decline in standards since the fall of the
Soviet Union, the country's former benefactor, in 1991.

The PAHO and WHO credited Cuba with offering women early access
to prenatal care, HIV and syphilis testing, and treatment for
mothers who test positive. The two organizations began an effort
to end congenital transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba and
other countries in the Americas in 2010.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-cuba-health-
idUSKCN0PA2B520150630

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Castro's Cuba once hauled off homosexuals to prisons and
nuthouses.
Cubaverdad
2015-07-01 10:44:51 UTC
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The problem is that this is based on "statistics" created and provided
by the Cuban regime. Cuban doctors that have left Cuba and international
experts have frequently reported that the regime manipulates medical
statistics for political (propaganda) reasons.

More on HIV in Cuba:

"Fast-progressing HIV an 'epidemic' in Cuba, says Belgian study"
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1714103/fast-progressing-hiv-epidemic-cuba-says-belgian-study

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CubaVerdad/search/messages?query=HIV

More on syphilis in Cuba

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CubaVerdad/search/messages?query=syphilis
Post by Remmy
The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first
country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and
syphilis from mother to child.
The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation
that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in
March determined the country met the criteria for the
designation. In 2013, only two children in Cuba were born with
HIV and five with syphilis, the statement said.
"Cuba's success demonstrates that universal access and universal
health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success,
even against challenges as daunting as HIV," PAHO Director
Carissa Etienne said in the statement.
Cuba's Communist government considers its free healthcare a
major achievement of the 1959 revolution, although ordinary
Cubans complain of a decline in standards since the fall of the
Soviet Union, the country's former benefactor, in 1991.
The PAHO and WHO credited Cuba with offering women early access
to prenatal care, HIV and syphilis testing, and treatment for
mothers who test positive. The two organizations began an effort
to end congenital transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba and
other countries in the Americas in 2010.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-cuba-health-
idUSKCN0PA2B520150630
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Castro's Cuba once hauled off homosexuals to prisons and
nuthouses.
Cubaverdad
2015-07-02 09:41:26 UTC
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Some perspective for those that speak Spanish

Otro punto para el mito de la salud pública cubana
De ser cierto el reconocimiento de Cuba como “primer país a nivel
planetario” en eliminar la transmisión del VIH y la sífilis de madre
gestante a hijo, estaríamos ante un verdadero milagro
miércoles, julio 1, 2015 | Miriam Celaya

LA HABANA, Cuba. – Un nuevo y extraordinario logro del sistema de salud
cubano fue dado a conocer por el monopolio informativo oficial este
martes 30 de junio. Esta vez la fanfarria celebra –ni más ni menos– el
reconocimiento de Cuba como “primer país a nivel planetario” en eliminar
la transmisión del VIH y la sífilis de madre gestante a hijo. La
grandilocuencia es una asignatura obligatoria para los comunicadores de
los medios castristas.

Según el reporte, para alcanzar tan significativo reconocimiento fueron
precisos tres pasos: la presentación del informe por parte de las
autoridades correspondientes de la Isla –y ya sabemos cuán confiables y
verificables son éstos–, la “visita de expertos” de la Organización
Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) que validaron el informe, y finalmente la
decisión de dicho organismo internacional, así como de la Organización
Mundial de la Salud (OMS), que certificaron el prodigio, solo posible
gracias a que Cuba “destaca por un sistema social de equidad y justicia”
y también por la “amplia participación de la sociedad civil” en los
programas de salud. Eso, entre otras maravillas que solo se producen en
esta bendita isla tocada por la gracia de una mítica revolución infinita.

Por su parte, la sede del Fondo de Naciones Unidas para la Infancia
(UNICEF) en La Habana también dedicó el panegírico de rigor al fabuloso
sistema de salud con que nos privilegia nuestro bondadoso gobierno,
ofreciendo con ello mayor aliento a la encomiástica facundia del coro de
pregoneros. No caben dudas de que la exportación de médicos esclavos
cubanos en tierras extranjeras ha sido una carta política bien jugada
por la cúpula verde olivo, asegurándose la aprobación total de los
organismos internacionales a los que se les hace en extremo dificultoso
disponer de un ejército profesional de tal envergadura en el mundo libre.

Sin embargo, de ser cierto el merecimiento de esta ocasión, estaríamos
ante un verdadero milagro, sobre todo si tenemos en cuenta que en la
actualidad han desaparecido los programas para el control y tratamiento
del VIH-SIDA en numerosas áreas de atención de la salud –como es el caso
del policlínico Van Troi, en el populoso municipio Centro Habana–, así
como los otrora rigurosos programas materno-infantiles.

Por eso resulta cuando menos contradictorio explicar un logro de la
envergadura del que otorgan hoy los más encumbrados organismos
internacionales de la salud al “sistema cubano”, mientras se han
contraído a su mínima expresión los referidos programas, a la vez que
han aumentado las carencias materiales de los centros de asistencia de
la salud a todos los niveles, la escasez de personal calificado
–justamente porque decenas de miles se encuentran prestando sus
servicios como misioneros en otros “países pobres”–, se han tornado
endémicas varias enfermedades que producen epidemias cíclicas, y son
crónicas la falta de medicamentos y la insalubridad general.

Parecería que estamos asistiendo a una suerte de conspiración global
empeñada en demostrar al mundo los beneficios de vivir bajo una
dictadura bipolar –mala hacia dentro, buena hacia el exterior– que se ha
convertido en ejemplo a seguir incluso para las naciones más
democráticas del planeta.

Mientas, un suspiro de alivio debe estar recorriendo la Isla entera: ya
el rebaño puede (sobre) vivir tranquilo. Ahora sabemos que en lo
sucesivo seguiremos con riesgo de contraer enfermedades como el dengue,
el chikungunya, las “infecciones diarreicas agudas” el AH1N1 y todas sus
mutaciones, las inmundicias que nos transmita el caracol gigante
africano, o cualquier regalo similar que pudieran traernos nuestros
abnegados galenos desde tierras remotas; pero –por más que el VIH se
siga extendiendo entre la población adulta y juvenil– ya no nacerán
niños portadores del VIH, ni heredarán la sífilis de sus madres. Es un
verdadero consuelo.

Y si en principio y con justicia, es magnífico que las inocentes
criaturas que vienen al mundo no deberían sufrir las consecuencias de la
irresponsabilidad de sus mayores, esto no resulta suficiente en absoluto
para la beatificación del sistema cubano de salud.

Sería de desear que los datos estadísticos e informes que tanto
fascinaron a los “expertos” de la OPS y a los altos funcionarios de la
OMS como para dar este nuevo espaldarazo al Palacio de la Revolución
estuvieran al acceso de todos los cubanos y de cualquier interesado en
el tema en cualquier parte del mundo. Por supuesto, también deberían ser
informaciones contrastables. No es nada personal; solo ocurre que
últimamente la sola mención de esa especie sacra conocida como
“expertos” me causa escalofríos. Y por otra parte, me consta que medio
siglo de secretos y componendas de una pequeña élite que ahora se
recicla en el poder absoluto de Cuba, genera entre nosotros, los
cubanos, igual cantidad de tiempo acumulando suspicacias. De ahí que en
estos tiempos resulta infinitamente más fácil para los Castro engatusar
al mundo entero que a solo varios millones de cubanos.

Source: Otro punto para el mito de la salud pública cubana | Cubanet -
http://www.cubanet.org/opiniones/otro-punto-para-el-mito-de-la-salud-publica-cubana/
Post by Remmy
The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first
country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and
syphilis from mother to child.
The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation
that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in
March determined the country met the criteria for the
designation. In 2013, only two children in Cuba were born with
HIV and five with syphilis, the statement said.
"Cuba's success demonstrates that universal access and universal
health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success,
even against challenges as daunting as HIV," PAHO Director
Carissa Etienne said in the statement.
Cuba's Communist government considers its free healthcare a
major achievement of the 1959 revolution, although ordinary
Cubans complain of a decline in standards since the fall of the
Soviet Union, the country's former benefactor, in 1991.
The PAHO and WHO credited Cuba with offering women early access
to prenatal care, HIV and syphilis testing, and treatment for
mothers who test positive. The two organizations began an effort
to end congenital transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba and
other countries in the Americas in 2010.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-cuba-health-
idUSKCN0PA2B520150630
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Castro's Cuba once hauled off homosexuals to prisons and
nuthouses.
Cubaverdad
2015-07-05 10:58:05 UTC
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“Using the WHO Criteria, it seems as if the People’s Republic of New
York City should be certified to have eradicated transmission as well.”

The Truth About Cuba’s HIV ‘Breakthrough’

Cuba’s ‘eradication’ of mother-to-infant HIV is hopeful but not
groundbreaking. The risk for infants there was extremely low—and now, at
2 percent, it’s not entirely gone.

The brand new Cuba-USA lovefest took another step forward this week with
the loud trumpeting of Cuba’s first-in-class achievement, “eradication”
of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

The WHO announced it had certified that Cuba as the world’s first
country to officially have ridded itself of what is referred to as
vertical (mom-to-infant) spread of the virus that causes AIDS. The news
quickly hit every headline and newscast, the latest entry in the
feel-good moment connecting the two countries.

Not to be a spoilsport, and not to diminish in any way all that Cuba has
achieved, but there is a small problem for those who are celebrating.
Cuba didn’t actually eradicate HIV—if by eradicate, we mean a concept
described by the English word, eradicate. It did “eradicate” the disease
in a bureaucratic sense, meaning it fulfilled certain criteria spelled
out in the fine print that define the eradication “validation indicators.”

For those who read to the bottom of the page of the WHO’s
self-congratulatory press release, the definition of eradicate is
defined as follows: at least one year of mother-to-child HIV
transmission occurring in less than 50 per 100,000 live births. Since
Cuba has about 125,000 births a year, this could be as many as 65
infants with HIV born a year—though surely the actual count is much
lower. Here’s why.

The WHO also defines “eradication” as a rate of HIV transmission between
infected mother to infant of less than 5 percent in breast-feeding
populations and less than 2 percent among babies not breast-feeding
(read all about it here in the footnotes).

That’s a lot of potential transmission. So yes, things are impressive—
very, very impressive—but no, the HIV risk for infants in Cuba has not
been removed.

“Using the WHO Criteria, it seems as if the People’s Republic of New
York City should be certified to have eradicated transmission as well.”

Plus there are facts about Cuba and HIV that are relevant to consider
before we use Cuba as a blueprint for other countries. Cuba has about
11.5 million people of whom 14,000 are infected with HIV; their rate of
HIV among adults is 0.2 percent. But HIV in Cuba is a disease of gay and
bisexual men—women constitute only 20 percent of cases, which translates
to about 2,800 cases among females, most of whom are of childbearing
age. This puts the rate of HIV among adult women well below 0.1 percent,
or less than one in a thousand.

In fact, one study from 2005 found that 16 of 137,000 pregnant Cuban
women were infected with HIV. Eradicating—and surely “eradicating”— HIV
in Cuba then means that 16 cases must be prevented a year with treatment
of Mom and newborn baby, not an impossible task

To put these many numbers in perspective, New York City has almost 9
million people, including around 100,000 living with HIV, of whom 30,000
are women.

Though the number of pregnancies among the 30,000 is not known, overall
in the U.S., almost 9,000 HIV-infected women give birth annually. Figure
1,000 or two HIV-infected pregnant women live in New York City among the
100,000-plus who are uninfected and give birth each year. Yet right here
in NYC, only a small handful of babies annually are born with HIV. Using
the WHO Criteria, it seems as if the People’s Republic of New York City
should be certified to have eradicated transmission as well.

The difference is this: Cuba is starting from an incredibly low rate of
infected moms, an achievement not from their approach to pregnancy, but
of their exemplary adult screening and treatment program. Cuba has
applied the most basic principle of public health: systematic diagnosis
and treatment of infected persons. Of course, the fact that HIV (and
syphilis) is sexually transmitted adds endless sermonizing and finger
shaking to the discussion, often grounding prevention programs before
they ever really get going—at least in the U.S., where sexual abstinence
remains a non-risible public health intervention.

However, Cuba’s admirable accomplishment in adult and pediatric HIV
control never will be greeted by a full-throated cheer from public
health officials, at least for those who recall Cuba’s HIV control
efforts in the 1980s and early 1990s. Then, the local approach was to
quarantine infected persons in sanatoria, where they would live out
their lives away from the uninfected. By the mid-1990s, the sanatoria
began to be changed over to outpatient centers, where antiviral pills
were given and other medical conditions attended to. But for many, the
brutally inhumane approach to the sick and dying remains unconscionable.

Plus there is this very somber note. As the U.S. and Cuba become BFFs,
tourism to the island surely will flourish and with it, commercial sex,
drugs, and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Already this
year, before the current political embrace, a particularly virulent
strain of HIV was reported from Cuba.

Cuba should therefore celebrate their achievement, however oddly
defined, on the public health public stage. I suspect that all too soon,
this era of calm and control will be referred to as the good old days,
the golden moment when the government still could look after the health
of its citizens.

Source: The Truth About Cuba’s HIV ‘Breakthrough’ - The Daily Beast -
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/03/the-truth-about-cuba-s-hiv-breakthrough.html
Post by Remmy
The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first
country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and
syphilis from mother to child.
The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation
that it and the Pan American Health Organization sent to Cuba in
March determined the country met the criteria for the
designation. In 2013, only two children in Cuba were born with
HIV and five with syphilis, the statement said.
"Cuba's success demonstrates that universal access and universal
health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success,
even against challenges as daunting as HIV," PAHO Director
Carissa Etienne said in the statement.
Cuba's Communist government considers its free healthcare a
major achievement of the 1959 revolution, although ordinary
Cubans complain of a decline in standards since the fall of the
Soviet Union, the country's former benefactor, in 1991.
The PAHO and WHO credited Cuba with offering women early access
to prenatal care, HIV and syphilis testing, and treatment for
mothers who test positive. The two organizations began an effort
to end congenital transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba and
other countries in the Americas in 2010.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-cuba-health-
idUSKCN0PA2B520150630
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Castro's Cuba once hauled off homosexuals to prisons and
nuthouses.
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