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  • HIV and having a baby

    Women living with HIV can give birth without passing on HIV to the baby.Your options for conception will depend on your health and your partner’s...

    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

    Women taking some anti-HIV drugs need to take a double dose of the ‘morning after pill’.The intrauterine device (IUD) is an alternative, reliable method of...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Options for conception

    People living with HIV can have healthy babies without passing on HIV.Your options will depend on which partner in the couple has HIV.Having an undetectable...

    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

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  • Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use by Breastfeeding HIV-Uninfected Women

    In our study we wanted to understand whether drugs currently used for PrEP are excreted into breast milk and then absorbed by the breastfeeding infant in clinically significant concentrations when taken orally by their HIV-uninfected mothers to reduce their risk of acquiring HIV.

    29 September 2016 | MedicalResearch.com
  • Adolescents are dying of AIDS at an alarming rate, UN agency warns

    An average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, which is calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts.

    19 July 2016 | UN News Centre
  • “Towards Ending the Neglect?” DNDi Releases Update on its Paediatric HIV Programme

    The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has released an update on its efforts to develop optimal child-adapted antiretroviral formulations. This document details some recent progress towards its final goal of developing “4-in-1” fixed-dose combinations using the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended treat­ment regimen for infants and young chil­dren.

    17 July 2016 | DNDi
  • NIH-led effort uses implementation science to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission

    An emerging field, known as implementation science, may help reduce the nearly 150,000 instances of mother-to-child HIV transmissions that occur annually around the world, mostly in developing countries. A team of scientists and program managers, led by the National Institutes of Health, has been studying a variety of implementation science approaches to prevent mother-to-child transmission and has published the results in a 16-article open-access supplement to the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

    08 July 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • 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
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See also

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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