Information about the treatment, care and support of pregnant women living with HIV, children living with HIV and families affected by HIV.

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  • Having a baby

    In the UK, thousands of women with HIV have given birth to healthy babies.Taking anti-HIV drugs during the pregnancy will protect your baby from HIV.If...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Talking to your doctor

    Taking antiretroviral therapy is a long-term commitment. At present, once you start the drugs, you are likely to be on them for the rest of your life. ...

    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
  • Contraception, conception and pregnancy

    Becoming a parent of a healthy, HIV-negative child is now a very realistic option for many people with HIV. However, you may want to plan when pregnancy...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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
  • 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
  • HIV treatment, pregnancy and contraception

    When HIV treatment is used during pregnancy, it protects your health as well as playing an important role in preventing HIV being passed on from you to...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV & Pregnancy

    Personalised information about having a baby. (Smartphone version available.)...

    From: Resources

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  • Adolescents and HIV: kindness and time key factors for treatment retention

    New research from South Africa provides insights into the factors associated with retention of adolescents in HIV care, suggesting relatively low‐cost interventions could significantly improve adherence and retention in care.

    15 October 2018 | AVERT
  • Telling Children Their HIV Status: Interview With Dr Elizabeth Lowenthal

    To learn more about the challenges associated with disclosure and how clinicians can support families throughout the process, Infectious Disease Advisor spoke with Elizabeth D. Lowenthal, MD, MSCE, assistant professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and research director of the Global Health Research Affinity Group at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

    29 June 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives

    For infants born with HIV, a rapid introduction to necessary treatment is often the lifeline between whether a child will live or die. The recent introduction of a life-saving, point-of-care diagnostic technology in sub-Saharan Africa could become a global solution to preventing infant deaths from HIV.

    23 February 2018 | Devex
  • UNICEF warns, the global HIV response is failing children and adolescents

    Unless the HIV response is stepped up, we will not end AIDS in children and adolescents. This is the stark message in a new UNICEF report, released earlier this month.

    15 December 2017 | Avert
  • Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants

    Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

    22 November 2017 | EurekAlert (press release)
  • 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.

    27 July 2017 | BMJ Group blogs
  • Three countries get first malaria vaccine

    The world's first vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries - Ghana, Kenya and Malawi - starting in 2018. The four-shot vaccine should prevent four in 10 cases of the disease.

    24 April 2017 | BBC
  • Study Explores How to Tell Children They Have HIV

    For the past two years, Rachel King, PhD, MPH, an academic coordinator at UCSF Global Health Sciences, has been helping Ugandan parents and caregivers find developmentally appropriate ways to tell their children that the child has HIV.

    20 January 2017 | UCSF News Services
  • 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
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