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Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe".

Published
20 May 2015
From
BBC
High treatment failure rate among Thai children switching to second-line ART

There is a high treatment failure rate among children taking second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART), Thai investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Therapy was

Published
20 April 2015
By
Michael Carter
Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers

A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

Published
14 April 2015
From
CATIE
Uganda: women and girls bear burden of HIV caregiving

James Odong explores how the burden of caregiving falls heavily on girls, affecting their quality of life and education opportunities, as well as bringing added vulnerabilities.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Key Correspondents
Kids Who Start HIV Treatment With Low CD4s Largely Regain Them

HIV-positive children who have low CD4 counts when starting treatment by and large experience a rebound to normal levels of those immune cells. After two years on HIV meds, 92 percent of the children achieved a CD4 count of 500 or above. Just nine children (1 percent) experienced an AIDS-defining illness during treatment. Children starting with fewer than 200 CD4 cells/mm3 took 1.29 years to reach a CD4 count over 500 cells/mm3.

Published
07 April 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Combining PrEP and ART could almost eliminate HIV infection, east African study finds

Giving both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to heterosexual couples where one partner has HIV (serodiscordant couples) can almost eliminate the chance of infection in the

Published
26 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Week-on, weekend-off treatment controls viral load in young people

Taking an efavirenz-based antiretroviral regimen during the week and taking no medication on two days over the weekend was just as effective as daily treatment in controlling

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
7-country study shows triple-drug combination superior for preventing infant HIV infection

Implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of three-drug antiretroviral treatment during pregnancy leads to a significantly lower rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission, a 7-country randomised study has

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Breastfeeding mothers often undiagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa

A large proportion of women in sub-Saharan Africa who are at high risk of transmitting HIV to their infants during breastfeeding are likely still to be undiagnosed,

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Merck places children's HIV drug in shared non-profit patent pool

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co has contributed an HIV medicine for children to an international shared patent pool in a move that should speed the development of cheap pediatric formulations for use in poor countries.

Published
24 February 2015
From
Reuters
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