Dr Laila Khawar – Australia's progress towards elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Webinar via Microsoft Teams
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Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or info@kirby.unsw.edu.au
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Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Dr Laila Khawar  

Dr Laila Khawar
Senior Research Officer and PhD Student; Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Program, Kirby Institute

Dr Laila Khawar is a PhD Student and a Senior Research Officer at the Kirby institute. Her research is focused on developing new methods to track progress toward elimination of sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses in Australia.



We conducted a retrospective analysis of the perinatal HIV surveillance data in Australia for a 32-year period, 1988–2019. We reviewed patterns of potential perinatal exposure to HIV, the demographics of women living with HIV (WLHIV) who gave birth, the long-term time trends in mother-child transmission (MTCT) rates, and uptake of interventions by WLHIV during pregnancy, at birth and post-delivery. This talk will provide insight into Australia’s progress towards the WHO goal of elimination of MTCT of HIV by 2020.

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