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  • 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 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • 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
  • HIV—Pregnancy-related issues

    Themed issue of CATIE's magazine Treatment Update, with several articles on the safety of antiretrovirals during pregnancy.

    20 January 2015 | CATIE
  • Vertical transmission of HCV: The next big treatment frontier

    Novel antiviral therapies with overwhelmingly positive sustained virologic response rates have dominated headlines in hepatitis C virus for the past few years, but many experts said eradication efforts may never completely succeed until the clinical community deals with mother-to-baby transmission of the disease.

    20 January 2015 | EATG
  • Number of babies born with HIV declined 78% in Latin America and the Caribbean, says new PAHO/WHO report

    In 2013, 2,300 babies were born with HIV in the region, down from 10,700 in 2001

    17 December 2014 | PAHO / WHO
  • UNICEF: 1.1 million HIV infections in children averted

    An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.

    02 December 2014 | UNICEF
  • NIH-sponsored study identifies superior drug regimen for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

    For HIV-infected women in good immune health, taking a three-drug regimen during pregnancy prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission more effectively than taking one drug during pregnancy, another during labor and two more after giving birth, an international clinical trial has found. The ongoing PROMISE (Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere) study also has found that one triple-drug regimen for preventing mother-to-child transmission may be safer than another for women and their babies.

    18 November 2014 | National Institutes of Health press release
  • NIH Trial Tests Very Early Anti-HIV Therapy in HIV-Infected Newborns

    ​A new clinical trial is exploring whether giving anti-HIV therapy soon after birth to infants who became infected with HIV in the womb leads to remission of the virus, enabling the children eventually to stop treatment for an extended time period. The trial aims to build on the case of the 'Mississippi Baby'.

    05 November 2014 | National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) press release
  • Is A Study Of HIV Treatment For Mothers In Africa Unethical?

    A global health controversy erupted this summer when the prominent scientific journal Nature ran an article entitled “HIV trial attacked.” Within, commentators squared off over whether a huge ongoing study provides suboptimal and thus unethical treatment options to mothers with HIV in the developing world.

    02 October 2014 | Health Affairs (blog)
  • Flu shots effective in pregnant women with or without HIV

    Tests conducted in 2011 and 2012 show that the influenza vaccine effectively prevents flu infections in pregnant women, whether or not they are infected with HIV.

    11 September 2014 | Reuters
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