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  • Education

    At the age of four or five your child will start going to school. This is initially an unsettling experience for a lot of children, but most...

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    This booklet provides information about treatment and care for children living with HIV. ...

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  • Children born with HIV on treatment experience next-to-no developmental set-backs at the age of 5

    New data on the impact of different treatment strategies on the neuro-development of young children living with HIV has been released, showing normal development in all areas apart from visual perception.

    25 May 2018 | AVERT
  • Anti-HIV drug combination does not increase preterm birth risk, study suggests

    A drug combination aimed at preventing transmission of HIV from a pregnant woman to her fetus likely does not increase the risk for preterm birth and early infant death, according to a re-analysis of two studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. The research appears in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    26 April 2018 | National Institutes of Health
  • HIV-positive, exposed children have worse neurodevelopmental outcomes

    Children who are HIV-positive or have been exposed to the virus are at increased risk of having poorer outcomes regarding cognitive and motor development compared with children who are HIV-negative and have not been exposed, according to findings ...

    19 February 2018 | Healio
  • New recommendations aim to help pregnant women with HIV make informed choices

    New recommendations on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV can help women make more informed choices about benefits and harms, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. The panel recommend older drug combinations instead of the most widely used regimens to help reduce the risk of premature birth and neonatal death - which almost all women said they were extremely keen to avoid.

    12 September 2017 | EurekAlert
  • Health problems may increase as young people infected with HIV at birth get older

    A Massachusetts General Hospital study has found that US youth infected with HIV around the time of their birth are at higher risk throughout their adolescence and young adulthood for experiencing serious health problems, poor control of the HIV virus or death.

    29 March 2017 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Improved caregiver training helps HIV-infected children

    Children born with HIV can live longer and richer lives if their caregivers receive training in ways to enhance the children’s development, according to research led by Michigan State University.

    15 August 2013 | Michigan State University (press release)
  • Anti-HIV drugs may protect against puberty delays in HIV-infected children

    For children who have been HIV-infected since birth, current anti-HIV drug regimens may protect against the delays in puberty that had been seen in HIV-infected children taking older regimens, according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.

    15 August 2013 | National Institutes of Health (press release)
  • Anti-HIV drugs in pregnancy not linked to children's language delays

    The combinations of anti-HIV drugs recommended for pregnant women do not appear in general to increase their children's risk for language delay, according to a study from a National Institutes of Health research network.

    19 July 2013 | National Institutes of Health (press release)
  • Maternal abacavir, smoking tied to heart markers in HIV-exposed kids

    HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU) children of HIV-positive mothers who took abacavir, smoked, or drank alcohol had elevated levels of cardiac biomarkers that could signal heart trouble, according to analysis of the US Pediatric HIVAIDS Cohort Study (PHACS). The study also linked cardiac biomarkers to some echocardiographic abnormalities.

    07 May 2013 | International AIDS Society
  • Anti-HIV therapy appears to protect children's hearts, NIH network study shows

    For children who have had HIV-1 infection since birth, the combination drug therapies now used to treat HIV appear to protect against the heart damage seen before combination therapies were available, according to researchers.

    23 April 2013 | National Institutes of Health (press release)
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