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  • Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

    HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

    07 January 2015 | Science Daily
  • PEPFAR’s ‘Global Pediatric ARV Commitment-To-Action’ Aims To Improve Drug Access

    Since the start of President Obama’s Administration, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has achieved a four-fold increase and is now providing 7.7 million people with life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment worldwide. Despite this, only 1 in 4 of the 3.2 million children living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are today receiving treatment.

    09 December 2014 | US Department of State
  • Young Zimbabweans miss out on HIV testing

    Young people with HIV are dying in increasing numbers in Zimbabwe at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups.

    05 September 2014 | IRIN Africa
  • Children battle to access HIV testing in Zimbabwe

    Young people with HIV are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. They are also less likely to get tested for the virus, as concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children, according to a recent study.

    10 June 2014 | IRIN Plus News
  • Barriers to HIV testing in older children

    Concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children for HIV, according to new research from Zimbabwe. The results of the study provide much-needed information on how to improve care of this vulnerable population.

    28 May 2014 | Science Daily
  • Roche announces launch of the Dual Target HIV-1 Qualitative Test in markets accepting the CE mark

    The new test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis and makes sample collection and transportation easy, including in rural areas.

    18 February 2014 | PR Newswire (press release)
  • Children at risk of AIDS should be tested at birth - UNAIDS

    More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Michele Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, called for diagnostic kits to be improved for detection in babies of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, and for their "still high" current price of $25-50 to be brought down.

    20 November 2013 | Reuters
  • South Africa: Paediatric ART flowchart

    A flowchart / algorithm depicting the recommended management of infants exposed to HIV, including ART initiation pathways, according to South African guidelines.

    20 August 2013 | South African Department of Health
  • UNITAID makes first in series of new purchases of point-of-care HIV diagnostic tests for high burden countries

    This purchase is for a limited number of CD4 tests, with the objective of ensuring continuity of supply, accelerating treatment initiation and giving countries the opportunity to prepare for the arrival next year of other diagnostic products currently still in the pipeline. The roll out of pipeline products will target new innovative CD4, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), and Viral Load (VL) products with an additional focus on those to test VL, in alignment with the new World Health Organization (WHO) HIV Treatment Guidelines launched on 30 June 2013.

    02 July 2013 | UNITAID
  • New Method Promises Early In- Clinic Diagnosis of HIV in Infants

    A new assay that detects as few as 3 copies of HIV DNA within 20 minutes and does not require complex equipment could speed HIV diagnosis in infants in rural clinics. The assays works with all major global HIV-1 subtypes.

    11 June 2013 | International AIDS Society
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