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World AIDS Day, Sunday 1 December 2013

News 29 November 2013

Sunday 1 December marks World AIDS Day 2013 – an international day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV by raising awareness and showing support for people living with the disease.

The RCOG supports the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in reaffirming their commitment to highlighting World AIDS Day – read FIGO's statement.

HIV/AIDS is a leading causes of maternal mortality in under-resourced countries worldwide. Each year there are more than 2 million pregnancies in HIV-infected women in the world, with the majority occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, where accesses to HIV services remain limited.

Sexual education and early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in deterring the spread of this disease among those who are most at risk, particularly women and children.

The RCOG currently have a Green-top Guideline for the management of HIV in pregnancy as well as Patient Information for women who have been diagnosed with HIV and are pregnant or planning to have a baby.