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  • HIV and having a baby

    Women living with HIV can have healthy pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies without passing on HIV. Most of the advice for women with HIV is...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV & children

    This booklet provides information about treatment and care for children living with HIV. ...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Having a baby

    Lots of people with HIV have had babies without passing on the infection. To do so, you need some help from your doctor.If you are...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Pregnancy and birth

    British HIV Association (BHIVA) guidelines set out the treatment and care people with HIV in the UK can expect to receive. Its most recent guidelines on HIV...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Life goes on

    In some countries, not everyone who needs HIV treatment can get hold of it. Likewise, in the UK 20 or 30 years ago, effective HIV treatment didn’t...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Emergency contraception and unwanted pregnancy

    There may be a time when your normal form of contraception fails – you may forget to take your contraceptive pill or a condom could break –...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Options for conception

    For many people with HIV, having a healthy, HIV-negative child is an achievable goal. For women with HIV, effective HIV treatment and care reduce the risk of...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Having a baby

    With the right treatment and care, it's possible for an HIV-positive woman to have a healthy baby. Find out more in this section....

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • GP services

    GPs provide services that focus on maintaining people’s overall, long-term health. This is an important consideration for people with HIV. HIV-positive people are at higher risk of...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Health monitoring during pregnancy

    If a woman has HIV, it is possible for it to be passed on to her baby during pregnancy or delivery or through breastfeeding. For this reason,...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV treatment in children

    An outline of the issues surrounding anti-HIV therapy in children, highlighting the differences from adults in the course of HIV disease, the choice of medications,...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission

    Treatment options for pregnant women, including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, as well as choices surrounding delivery and breast-feeding....

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • Malawi tests first unmanned aerial vehicle flights for HIV early infant diagnosis

    The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants.

    15 March 2016 | UNICEF
  • Migrant women face £6,000 birth bill under 'health tourism' laws

    Charities say undocumented women have to make difficult choices about accessing maternity care because of crippling NHS fees.

    04 February 2016 | The Guardian
  • Saving lives saves money: preventing mother-to-child HIV infection saves NHS £3.1 billion

    More than 5,000 babies across the UK have avoided being born with HIV in the last 15 years, because of the care received by their mothers before, during and after childbirth, according to figures announced today by the British HIV Association (BHIVA).

    27 November 2015 | BHIVA press release
  • How schools are getting it wrong on HIV and Aids

    Children have been humiliated in school and even excluded because many teachers are still badly informed.

    24 November 2015 | The Guardian
  • 'The Fact That I Have HIV Is Not Because Of What I Did - It's Because Of What I Didn't Do'

    UK activist Angelina Namiba talks to Marie Claire about her HIV: "People still ask me ‘how I got’ HIV, almost assuming that I must have done something wrong. But HIV doesn’t discriminate, no matter whether you’re rich or poor, young or old, black or white, you name it. The fact that I have HIV is not because of what I did, it’s because of what I didn’t do. And what I didn’t do is what millions of young people are not doing in this world today – they’re not using a condom."

    19 November 2015 | Marie Claire
  • South Africa: Almost 10 percent of HIV-positive women report forced sterilisation

    South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index has found that seven percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40 percent reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals (ARVs).

    10 June 2015 | Health-e
  • Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers

    A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

    14 April 2015 | CATIE
  • HIV—Pregnancy-related issues

    Themed issue of CATIE's magazine Treatment Update, with several articles on the safety of antiretrovirals during pregnancy.

    20 January 2015 | CATIE
  • Vertical transmission of HCV: The next big treatment frontier

    Novel antiviral therapies with overwhelmingly positive sustained virologic response rates have dominated headlines in hepatitis C virus for the past few years, but many experts said eradication efforts may never completely succeed until the clinical community deals with mother-to-baby transmission of the disease.

    20 January 2015 | EATG
  • 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
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