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  • 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
  • 12 months of liquid formula HIV drugs protect breastfeeding babies against HIV

    A study from four countries in Africa, published in The Lancet, shows that providing babies with up to 12 months of liquid formula HIV drugs, while breastfeeding with their HIV-positive mothers, is highly effective at protecting them from infection, including in the 6–12 month period after birth which has not been analysed in previous research.

    23 November 2015 |
  • Zimbabwe on track to achieve virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

    In 2010, when the project began, Zimbabwe had one of the highest burdens of new HIV infections in the world, with a mother-to-child HIV transmission rate of approximately 30 percent. Today, the rate of transmission has been reduced to 6.7 percent and is continuing to fall, putting Zimbabwe on track to be one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

    19 November 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over their Condition

    Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. That is the major message from a pair of new studies in Philadelphia, one published early online this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the other published in July in PLOS ONE.

    26 August 2015 | Drexel Now
  • Uganda’s Health Information System, Use Of Data Helps Prevent Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

    Identifying opportunities to improve global health sometimes requires creative thinking and new collaborations. Today in Uganda, creative approaches are helping eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) and leading to fewer and fewer babies being born HIV-infected. Shifts in the national MTCT strategy have resulted in increased maternal antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage - 65% in 2012 to 87% in 2014.

    26 August 2015 | ONE Blog
  • Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

    Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization says.

    01 July 2015 | BBC Health
  • What Preventing HIV in Babies Can Tell Us about Preventing HIV in Adults

    Between 1991 and 2010, a massively successful public health strategy reduced the number of babies born in the U.S. with HIV from over 1500 in a year to just over 150. Those engaged in the fight against HIV should look to and learn from the successes and experiences of perinatal HIV transmission prevention efforts.

    29 June 2015 | BETA blog
  • Antibody response linked to lower mother-to-child HIV transmission

    How most babies are protected from acquiring HIV from their infected mothers has been a matter of scientific controversy. Now researchers at Duke Medicine provide new data identifying an antibody response that had long been discounted as inadequate to confer protection.

    09 June 2015 | Duke University press release
  • New clues about viral rebound in Mississippi child thought cured of HIV

    Clinicians involved in the care of a child many once hoped was cured of HIV have published details about the case in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors found that the virus that eventually returned after the girl had been off antiretroviral therapy for more than 2 years was identical to her mother's viral strain. The case shows that HIV establishes a viral reservoir very soon after infection. Starting antiretroviral treatment a day after birth was not enough to prevent viral rebound, though it did appear to allow prolonged remission.

    23 February 2015 |
  • War-Torn Ukraine Facing AIDS Care 'Disaster'

    Unicef warns of a healthcare "disaster" as political turmoil means many HIV-positive mothers are unable to access vital drugs.

    09 February 2015 | Sky News
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