What is Vitalwave™
Vitalwave™ is the application of photodisinfection to the birth canal. It is designed to destroy a variety of bacteria, fungi and viruses that may be present in the birth canal, reducing the risk of transmission.
Vitalwave™ is an in-clinic, low cost procedure designed for use in third-world situations.
Vertical transmission is the transfer of pathogens from a parent to its newborn child. Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT) can occur during gestation, labour, and/or breast feeding. Pathogens that are passed on during labour are usually found colonizing the birth canal.
Using a combination of a bacterial stain and a specific light source, pathogens can be targeted and destroyed. Researched and developed by Ondine Biomedical, and proven by Periowave™, photodisinfection safely and effectively destroys microbes without generating resistance.
- The WHO estimates that, in 2007, 420,000 infants were infected with HIV via MTCT.
- Current estimates indicate that 90% of HIV-infected women in many resource-poor settings still do not have access to any antiretroviral prophylaxis, including SD-NVP.
- Hepatitis C Virus is untreatable for MTCT and 5-6% of all babies born to seropositive mothers will contract HCV.
- Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Strep) is a common colonizer of the vagina, and is found in 10-30% of pregnant women