Malawi has found itself leading the world with a scheme to tackle one of the worst effects of the Aids virus – its capacity to infect succeeding generations. It has a devised a scheme to offer immediate, lifelong treatment with anti-retroviral drugs to all pregnant women who test positive for HIV.
21 November 2013 | The Independent
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
The continued good health of a Mississippi baby born with HIV causes Hannah Gay, the HIV specialist who treats the child, to speak of divine intervention. "When I treated this baby I was not even thinking of curing the baby," she said. "That was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply trying to prevent infection and I failed at what I was trying to do. However, my failure in God's hands turned into a miracle. And it was God that cured the baby and I just happened to be standing close by at the time."
19 November 2013 | Baptist Press
Although younger children with HIV are at high risk of disease progression if not treated, new research published this week in PLOS Medicine indicates that they have good potential for achieving high CD4 counts in later life provided antiretroviral therapy (ART) is initiated according to current treatment guidelines. However, the research also suggests that the recommended CD4 count thresholds for ART initiation are unlikely to maximize immunological health in children who have never received ART before the age of ten years.
30 October 2013 | EurekAlert
The Caribbean is on the verge of becoming the first region in the world to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmissions.
10 October 2013 | Christian Science Monitor
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been rolling out an innovative approach, commonly referred to as PMTCT B+ (prevention of mother-to-child transmission, option B+), in southern Swaziland's Nhlangano area. Conducted in collaboration with the Swazi Ministry of Health, this project aims to place 2,000 HIV-positive pregnant women on treatment over the next four years, as soon as possible after their diagnosis.
19 September 2013 | Médecins Sans Frontières
A public school district in Arkansas has removed three siblings from school because administrators suspect they may be infected with HIV, according to a local disability rights organization. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, public schools may not ban children simply based on their HIV status.
17 September 2013 | Think Progress
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)
HIV-positive adolescents, who face isolation, ostracization, and confusion as they transition to adulthood, need sensitive and directed guidance to an adult healthcare provider, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
09 July 2013 | Medpagetoday.com
A low-dose treatment regimen with lopinavir/ritonavir antiretroviral therapy appears to have similar efficacy with fewer adverse events than standard dosing in HIV-infected children, researchers said at the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Kuala Lumpur.
08 July 2013 | Medpagetoday.com