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  • Option B+: In obstacle courses to lifelong antiretroviral treatment, hurdles are higher for pregnant women, study says

    Work conflicts, hidden HIV status, and bad treatment by staff are among the hurdles keeping women living with HIV from continuing antiretroviral treatment for life following childbirth, according to a article published last month ahead of print in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

    09 July 2014 | Science Speaks
  • HIV Did Not Stop Me From Having a Biological Child

    On Monday, April 15, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., my life changed forever. My wife, Kasiah, and I welcomed our first child, a healthy girl named Finley Elizabeth Banks, into this world. She was perfect. But the journey to have a healthy, HIV-free biological child began many years before Finley’s birth.

    26 June 2014 | TIME magazine
  • HIV Cure: Babies' Lack of Memory T-Cells Make Virus Unable to Hide from drugs

    The National Institutes of Health intends to launch a clinical trial for more than 400 HIV-infected infants to undergo strong antiretroviral drug therapy, inspired by the Mississippi baby who is now age 4 and likely cured from AIDS.

    19 June 2014 | International Business Times
  • Children battle to access HIV testing in Zimbabwe

    Young people with HIV are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. They are also less likely to get tested for the virus, as concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children, according to a recent study.

    10 June 2014 | IRIN Plus News
  • Marriage a Barrier to ARV treatment for Swazi Women (part two of a series on Option B+)

    This is the second in a three-part series of about women and Option B+ in Africa. "Although Swazi women have better health-seeking behaviour than men, they find it hard to deal with HIV because of socio-cultural barriers, says the study. Many HIV positive married women live in a dilemma between obeying their husbands or following the advice of the health workers."

    05 June 2014 | IPS
  • NHS organisations ordered to stop denying couples infertility treatment

    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has criticised GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England for betraying the NHS's guiding principle of access to treatment by operating a "postcode lottery" on IVF. NHS bodies in England and Wales are supposed to offer three cycles of IVF to infertile women up to the age of 40, but the policy is widely ignored.

    15 May 2014 | The Guardian
  • ARVs a Bitter Pill to Swallow for Ugandan Children

    For many of the 35,500 children in Uganda on HIV treatment, daily ARVs are too much of a bitter pill to swallow, especially if they don’t understand why they need them - Uganda’s policy is not to reveal their HIV status to children until they reach 13 years of age.

    08 May 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • As mixed-status HIV couples weigh risks, more choose to conceive the old-fashioned way

    Couples in which one or both partners are HIV-positive have been using adoption, surrogacy or donor eggs or sperm for years, but those avenues are often in­cred­ibly expensive. Today, some doctors are endorsing intercourse without a condom as another option, provided the infected person’s viral load is low and the person takes medication regularly.

    25 April 2014 | Washington Post
  • HIV: The power of positive thinking

    At 12, Lisa was told that the 'vitamin pills' she'd been taking all her life were in fact antiretroviral drugs. Then she learnt that the woman she thought was her mother was really her aunt; her mother had died of Aids when she was four. She struggled to cope. Now 19, she's helping other young people with HIV to face the future.

    15 April 2014 | The Independent
  • South Africa: Gauteng pays after forced sterilisation for HIV-positive woman

    The Gauteng health department has agreed to pay almost half-a-million rand to an HIV-positive woman after she was coercively sterilised.

    14 April 2014 | Mail & Guardian
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