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Alice Welbourn: WHO and the rights of women living with HIV

A recent set of articles on HIV in pregnancy, published by The BMJ and BMJ Open, raises concerns that some combination anti-retroviral therapies (cARTs) may harm babies. This highlights the need for changes to current WHO practice towards pregnant women living with HIV, which is no doubt well-intentioned but ill thought-out.

Published
12 September 2017
From
BMJ Opinion
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.

Published
12 September 2017
From
EurekAlert
Vertical HIV transmission may be influenced by complex synergies with other STI – such as Cytomegalovirus

The apparently greater susceptibility of sub-Saharan African women to HIV infection has led researchers to consider the various potential synergies between HIV and other genital infections or conditions of the vaginal microbiome. A recent study brings this wider perspective to bear on mother-to-child transmission, casting some fresh light on the complex interrelation between the ‘vertical’ transmission of HIV and active and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) viruria.

Published
27 July 2017
From
BMJ Group blogs
Malawi: Study finds fear drives pregnant women with HIV from prevention services

Our study investigated why HIV-positive pregnant women might drop out of an Option B+ treatment program. For many, the answer was fear. Fear of HIV disclosure, fear of stigma, fear of their husband’s reaction, risk of divorce and loss of economic support, along with a lack of social support, lack of self-efficacy and agency for women in the culture, and a lack of male involvement in the program generally.

Published
26 June 2017
From
Science Speaks
Meds May Impact Prenatal Screening in HIV+ Patients

Pregnant women with HIV taking integrase inhibitors at the time of their non-invasive prenatal screening test had a lower mean fetal fraction than those who were not taking the medication, a small study found here.

Published
08 June 2017
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
The living legacy of the Global Plan: eliminating HIV in children

The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) has released a special supplement on the incredible journey of the Global plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive (Global Plan), which documents the history of the Global Plan and outlines what the future holds as efforts to end AIDS among women, children and adolescents accelerate.

Published
20 April 2017
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UNAIDS
The U.S. Should Continue Its Fight against AIDS in Children

PEPFAR is a standout example of how to achieve great things through strategic U.S. foreign-assistance investments — and of how public–private partnerships can wed the efficiencies of the private sector with the scale and reach of the public sector. By maintaining the program’s funding — something we both advocate — the United States and this administration will be well positioned to celebrate a historic public-health achievement: the end of the AIDS epidemic for an entire generation of children.

Published
10 April 2017
From
National Review
Big Drop in Number of U.S. Babies Born With HIV

The number of infants born with HIV in the United States has dropped from 216 in 2002 to 69 in 2013. More than 80 percent of new cases are from ethnic minority mothers and almost 40% occur in five Southern states.

Published
21 March 2017
From
Web MD
Pregnant women without legal status 'too afraid to seek NHS care'

Growing number of women who fear being reported to Home Office or being hit with high bills are avoiding NHS, charities say.

Published
21 March 2017
From
The Guardian
Integrating ART postnatally improves outcomes for mothers, children

Integration of ART into maternal and child health services during the postnatal period leads to significant improvements in women’s participation in HIV care and resulting viral suppression, according to findings presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

Published
21 February 2017
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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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