Reduce the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission — HIV‑06

Status: Improving


Most Recent Data:
1.0 perinatally acquired HIV infections per 100,000 live births (2020)

0.9 per 100,000

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

1.3 perinatally acquired HIV infections per 100,000 live births occurred in 2015

Reduce the rate of newly diagnosed perinatally acquired HIV infections

Target-Setting Method
Maintain consistency with national programs, regulations, policies, or laws


Each year, thousands of women with HIV give birth in the United States. Women with HIV can pass the infection to their child during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and breastfeeding. Increasing HIV testing in pregnant women and women planning to get pregnant can help reduce the rate of HIV infection in infants. Retesting pregnant women during the third trimester in areas where HIV among women is more common can also help protect infants. In addition, making sure women who have HIV get treatment can help prevent HIV in infants.

Workgroup: HIV Workgroup