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New guidelines recommend that women avoid tenofovir & emtricitabine during pregnancy

Women should be offered the choice to avoid treatment with tenofovir and emtricitabine during pregnancy owing to a higher risk of stillbirth and early infant

Published
13 September 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Alice Welbourn: WHO and the rights of women living with HIV

A recent set of articles on HIV in pregnancy, published by The BMJ and BMJ Open, raises concerns that some combination anti-retroviral therapies (cARTs) may harm babies. This highlights the need for changes to current WHO practice towards pregnant women living with HIV, which is no doubt well-intentioned but ill thought-out.

Published
12 September 2017
From
BMJ Opinion
New recommendations aim to help pregnant women with HIV make informed choices

New recommendations on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV can help women make more informed choices about benefits and harms, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. The panel recommend older drug combinations instead of the most widely used regimens to help reduce the risk of premature birth and neonatal death - which almost all women said they were extremely keen to avoid.

Published
12 September 2017
From
EurekAlert
Paediatric to adult HIV care transition – the risk of disengagement

Young adults represent a growing proportion of the number of people living with HIV in the USA, but they are at high-risk of disengaging from care when transitioning from paediatric to adult services.

Published
04 September 2017
From
AVERT
HIV drug resistance found in more than half of young children in Africa

Approximately 54% of young children with HIV surveyed in Africa had resistance to one or more antiretroviral drugs, according to recent data.

Published
24 August 2017
From
Healio
Stillbirth more frequent in women with HIV in UK and Ireland than in general population

The stillbirth rate among women living with HIV in the UK and Ireland from 2007 to 2015 was more than twice that of the general

Published
01 August 2017
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Adolescents with HIV do better in more prosperous African countries, even with treatment

Adolescents who acquired HIV perinatally were less likely to die, grew faster and had better immune restoration on treatment if they lived in upper-middle income

Published
31 July 2017
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Vertical HIV transmission may be influenced by complex synergies with other STI – such as Cytomegalovirus

The apparently greater susceptibility of sub-Saharan African women to HIV infection has led researchers to consider the various potential synergies between HIV and other genital infections or conditions of the vaginal microbiome. A recent study brings this wider perspective to bear on mother-to-child transmission, casting some fresh light on the complex interrelation between the ‘vertical’ transmission of HIV and active and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) viruria.

Published
27 July 2017
From
BMJ Group blogs
What can science learn from a child who has controlled HIV without drugs for more than 8 years?

An HIV-infected child in South Africa who is controlling the virus without antiretroviral (ARV) drugs has reinvigorated the push to find ways to allow people to control the virus for prolonged periods without treatment.

Published
27 July 2017
From
Science
Integrase inhibitors not causing higher rates of adverse birth outcomes, Botswana and French studies show

Dolutegravir-based antiretroviral therapy (ART) started in pregnancy is as safe as efavirenz-based ART, according to a study of birth outcomes at eight maternity wards throughout Botswana accounting for

Published
25 July 2017
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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