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Strong performance on HIV drugs for mothers doesn't guarantee optimal care for infants, survey shows

The significant increase in access to antiretroviral therapy for all pregnant women living with HIV in Malawi after implementation of Option B+ contrasts with low coverage of

Published
24 July 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Adolescent deaths from AIDS rising, especially among boys

While new HIV infections have declined among children, adolescents and adults since 2000, HIV-related deaths have risen sharply among adolescents, especially 15- to 19-year-old males, Tyler Porth of

Published
22 July 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
ART soon after birth for HIV-infected babies can achieve sustained viral suppression and reduce pool of HIV-infected cells

Antiretroviral therapy started soon after birth can suppress HIV to extremely low levels and severely restrict the size of the reservoir of HIV-infected cells in peripheral blood, Canadian

Published
19 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
Children battle to access HIV testing in Zimbabwe

Young people with HIV are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. They are also less likely to get tested for the virus, as concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children, according to a recent study.

Published
10 June 2014
From
IRIN Plus News
Barriers to HIV testing in older children

Concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children for HIV, according to new research from Zimbabwe. The results of the study provide much-needed information on how to improve care of this vulnerable population.

Published
28 May 2014
From
Science Daily
Roche announces launch of the Dual Target HIV-1 Qualitative Test in markets accepting the CE mark

The new test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis and makes sample collection and transportation easy, including in rural areas.

Published
18 February 2014
From
PR Newswire (press release)
Children at risk of AIDS should be tested at birth - UNAIDS

More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Michele Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, called for diagnostic kits to be improved for detection in babies of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, and for their "still high" current price of $25-50 to be brought down.

Published
20 November 2013
From
Reuters
South Africa: Paediatric ART flowchart

A flowchart / algorithm depicting the recommended management of infants exposed to HIV, including ART initiation pathways, according to South African guidelines.

Published
20 August 2013
From
South African Department of Health
Text messages to mothers improve early infant HIV diagnosis rates in Kenya and Mozambique

Use of text messaging significantly improved the rate of early infant diagnosis (EID) among HIV-positive pregnant women enrolled in a prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme in Kenya,

Published
10 July 2013
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
UNITAID makes first in series of new purchases of point-of-care HIV diagnostic tests for high burden countries

This purchase is for a limited number of CD4 tests, with the objective of ensuring continuity of supply, accelerating treatment initiation and giving countries the opportunity to prepare for the arrival next year of other diagnostic products currently still in the pipeline. The roll out of pipeline products will target new innovative CD4, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), and Viral Load (VL) products with an additional focus on those to test VL, in alignment with the new World Health Organization (WHO) HIV Treatment Guidelines launched on 30 June 2013.

Published
02 July 2013
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UNITAID
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