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Gene editing won’t help the fight against HIV, understanding one’s risk and prevention options will

Andrew Chidgey says HIV positive men and women can already have HIV negative babies through the use of medication and some well-recognised precautions. This negates the need for gene editing to prevent transmission of HIV and raises ethical questions about a Chinese scientist’s recently announced research.

Published
01 December 2018
From
South China Morning Post
Children, HIV and AIDS: The world today and in 2030

The world pledged to end AIDS by 2030. While we have seen remarkable progress in the past decade among children aged 0-9 years, adolescents have been left behind in HIV prevention efforts. A staggering 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases between 2018 and 2030 without additional investment in HIV prevention, testing and treatment programs.

Published
30 November 2018
From
UNICEF
How would you tell your child they are HIV-positive?

When having ‘the talk’ is about more than just the ‘birds and bees’.

Published
30 November 2018
From
Health-e
Pharmaceutical corporations are failing children with HIV

One year ago, pharmaceutical corporations committed to improving access to paediatric versions of HIV drugs for children, but very little progress has been made. MSF urges pharmaceutical corporations including Viiv and Merck to immediately register paediatric ARVs and improve access for kids.

Published
30 November 2018
From
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Babies born to mums with HIV face higher risks even though they’re HIV negative

HIV-uninfected children born to mothers with HIV are prone to infections that are more severe, are at almost two times greater risk of dying before their first birthday, and are more likely to be born prematurely than children born to mothers without HIV.

Published
29 November 2018
From
The Conversation
MSF: Pharmaceutical corporations failing children with HIV

Developing countries are struggling to provide HIV-positive children with World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended treatments because pediatric versions of HIV medicines don’t exist, are priced out of reach, or haven’t been registered in all countries that need them, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of a Vatican City meeting of HIV stakeholders on scaling up diagnosis and treatment for children.

Published
29 November 2018
From
Doctors Without Borders
HIV Researchers Slam The Scientist Who Made Genetically Engineered Babies

HIV researchers are incensed that the first reported use of gene editing in human embryos was aimed at conferring HIV immunity, criticizing the move as reckless and unnecessary.

Published
27 November 2018
From
Buzzfeed
Why U=U does not cover breastfeeding

Cases of HIV transmission have already been reported when mothers are on ART with undetectable viral load, notably in the PROMISE trial. Latest results presented at AIDS 2018 reported that 2/8 cases when transmission occurred form breastfeeding were in women whose most recent viral load was <40 copies/mL.

Published
11 November 2018
From
HIV i-Base
In Utero HIV Infection Sharply Increases Cytomegalovirus Risk for Newborns

Nearly 1 in 4 infants who acquire HIV infection in the womb will also contract congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), according to new research.

Published
09 November 2018
From
MD Magazine
Malaysia eliminates HIV transmission from mother-to-child

Malaysia celebrates milestone victory for preventable diseases in babies.

Published
05 November 2018
From
AVERT

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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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