Families and children news

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Families and children news from AIDS 2012

Needs of adolescents with HIV need greater attention, AIDS 2012 hears

Complications of HIV infection among adolescents in resource-poor settings include malnutrition, chronic lung disease and tuberculosis as well as the long-term side effects of drugs - including lipodystrophy, peripheral

Published
09 August 2012
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Male partner involvement improves HIV testing during pregnancy

Studies presented at the Nineteenth International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington DC called attention to the benefits of increasing male involvement in prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)

Published
02 August 2012
By
Kelly Safreed-Harmon
HIV testing at immunisation clinics: an opportunity to identify women and infants who are falling through the cracks?

Research from Malawi further strengthens the case for using infant immunisation clinics as a key site for maternal and early infant HIV diagnosis, the Nineteenth International AIDS

Published
02 August 2012
By
Kelly Safreed-Harmon
Higher CD4 count preserves ability to work and educate children

A higher CD4 cell count benefits the household economically and is associated with better educational opportunities for the children in the household, according to findings from a

Published
02 August 2012
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
BCG vaccination causes immune activation of CD4 T-cells in infants

BCG vaccination, routinely given at birth to protect from tuberculosis (TB), causes an immune-activation of CD4 T cells, the HIV target cells, according to a South African

Published
31 July 2012
By
Lesley Odendal
HIV treatment for children: how programmes are improving diagnosis and retention

“It is unacceptable that children at this point in time are not receiving treatment,” René Ekpini of UNICEF told a satellite session supported by UNICEF, IAS-ILF and MSH

Published
27 July 2012
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Does injectable hormonal contraception increase the risk of HIV infection?

The 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) heard further contradictory evidence this week on whether hormonal contraceptives, especially injectable ones, raise the risk to women of acquiring

Published
27 July 2012
By
Gus Cairns
Mobile technologies playing a growing role in HIV care and treatment support

A number of studies presented at the 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington DC highlighted potentially important roles for mobile phone technology in the delivery of

Published
27 July 2012
By
Kelly Safreed-Harmon
Community-based support aids retention, adherence and treatment response

Patient retention and linkage throughout the cascade of HIV care remains very low, placing the concept of ‘test and treat’ as part of the solution to ending

Published
26 July 2012
By
Lesley Odendal
Transforming ‘PMTCT programmes into ART programmes’: UNICEF champions lifelong treatment for all HIV-positive pregnant women

At a session at the 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington DC, UNICEF official Chewe Luo called for transforming “PMTCT programmes into ART programmes” in

Published
26 July 2012
By
Kelly Safreed-Harmon
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NAM is partnering with UNICEF to deliver the AIDS 2012 bulletins, which have also been made possible thanks to support from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Vestergaard Frandsen. NAM’s wider conference news reporting services have been supported by Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, Roche and ViiV Healthcare.