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Talking to Children About Terminal Illness

New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening diseases.

Published
18 March 2019
From
New York Times
A step by step process on how we can support mothers living with HIV

Our team in Toronto has supported four mothers living with HIV who wanted to breastfeed while on effective treatment with fully suppressed viral load. We have to say, though, it wasn’t easy! But we’ll walk you through the steps we followed, which can be used by other healthcare and service providers.

Published
12 March 2019
From
CATIE
HIV antibody VRC01LS safe prevention strategy for infants

Subcutaneous doses of a broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibody, known as VRC01LS, given at birth and 12 weeks were well-tolerated by HIV-exposed infants, according to the results of an open-label safety and pharmacokinetic study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Researchers are studying VRC01LS in combination with ART to prevent HIV infection in neonates.

Published
12 March 2019
From
Healio
Case series raises important questions about breastfeeding among women with HIV

Two case reports from Canada recently demonstrated how treatment can prevent HIV transmission from mother to child while breastfeeding, allowing mothers the option to choose how their infants are fed in a resource-rich setting.

Published
12 March 2019
From
Healio
Tshepiso study: Preventive TB therapy not associated with poor pregnancy outcomes

Initiating isoniazid preventive therapy for tuberculosis during pregnancy is not associated with a higher rate of poor maternal or infant outcomes, according to observational results from the Tshepiso study presented at CROI.

Published
12 March 2019
From
Healio
CROI 2019: Thailand’s strides spanned HIV treatment, prevention and research

he first HIV vaccine trials to yield signs of hope happened here. Thailand was also the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Now, Thailand has achieved the first part of UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 targets: 98 percent of people infected with HIV know their status.

Published
06 March 2019
From
Science Speaks
Weight Monitoring Key to Pediatric ART Dosing in Resource-Limited Countries

Study findings in a short communication published in HIV Medicine revealed that a large percentage of children living with HIV were prescribed inappropriate doses of antiretroviral therapy (ART) at a pediatric outpatient clinic at Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe.

Published
27 February 2019
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
Efavirenz and psychological performance in children living with HIV

Efavirenz remains a clinically effective and relevant antiretroviral drug for people living with HIV – but adverse side effects need to be screened for and monitored in children.

Published
15 February 2019
From
AVERT
‘Gag rule’ threatens to restrict women’s access to a highly effective HIV therapy

As we wait for more evidence about the safety of dolutegravir during pregnancy, the solution is simple: ensure that women living with HIV have access to contraception so they can benefit from this medication. But that has become an often-insurmountable problem due to the global gag rule.

Published
11 February 2019
From
STAT
South Africa urgently needs an antiretroviral pregnancy registry

With the dolutegravir roll-out around the corner, the time is now ripe for patients and activists to demand a prospective pregnancy registry for the whole of South Africa. Whether it is a new endeavour or piggy-backs on international efforts is a matter for debate, but it is the only way we can answer the question of dolutegravir’s safety with the minimum number of women being exposed to the drug. It’s the least that patients deserve.

Published
29 January 2019
From
Spotlight
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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