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  • HIV drugs treatment to start earlier - Motsoaledi

    South Africa will start treating HIV-positive patients at an earlier stage starting next year, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Wednesday.

    15 hours ago | Independent Online
  • Bill Clinton, former US president, tells conference AIDS-free generation is in reach

    Mr Clinton said one of the biggest challenges the international community faces was the early detection of HIV.

    19 hours ago | ABC News
  • 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
  • The Failure of the ABC Approach to HIV Prevention

    For close to 25 years the standard HIV prevention strategy was the ABC sexual behaviour change strategy: Abstain, be Faithful, and use Condoms. Today, this ‘old’ strategy has all but faded into the background, with only condoms remaining on the tick-list of ‘to do’s’. The evidence was clear: New infections continued to rise steadily year after year, regardless of ABC. The 2012 South African Department of Health Antenatal Study confirms this.

    08 July 2014 | Communications Initiative
  • “I Can Improve Things”: An HIV Peer Counselor in the Dominican Republic

    Stigma makes it difficult for HIV-positive pregnant women to ask questions and get the information they need to cope with their diagnosis and navigate treatment. HIV peer counselors play an important role in countering this.

    06 June 2014 | USAID CapacityPlus (blog)
  • Mother to child transmission of HIV in Latin America: a long walk to equity

    Gender and racial inequalities in Latin America continue to hamper efforts to prevent HIV infections in children, where nearly 7,000 are newly infected each year. At a special session on HIV and children at the HIV Drug Therapy 2014 Americas Conference in Rio de Janeiro last month, delegates set the goal to increase antenatal coverage to more than 95 per cent of all pregnant women.

    03 June 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Divided Opinions on Feasibility of Kenya’s Option B+ Roll Out

    Kenya’s health sector has been facing significant challenges, ranging from a shortage of health care providers to a series of labour strikes. The problems have not only disrupted health services, but have HIV experts divided on whether to roll out Option B+ nationwide or just to pilot it in high volume facilities such as major referral hospitals.

    29 May 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • DOTW report: vulnerable pregnant women routinely denied access to healthcare across Europe

    Vulnerable people, especially pregnant women, are being failed by health systems in the UK and across Europe according to a report published today by the health charity, Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde).

    16 May 2014 | Doctors of the World
  • Risk of birth defects small with HIV drugs

    The risks of birth defects in children exposed to antiretroviral drugs in utero are small when considering the clear benefit of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV but where there are safe and effective alternatives, it might be appropriate to avoid use by pregnant women of drugs that may be associated with elevated risks of birth defects, such as zidovudine and efavirenz, according to a study published by French researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

    30 April 2014 | EurekAlert
  • 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
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