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UNITAID will invest to enable universal HIV care for children

The UNITAID Executive Board finished its twenty-first meeting and decided that UNITAID will invest up to $63 million through the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to bring early infant diagnosis for HIV to the heart of communities in nine African countries. This will pave the way to universal access for testing and enable a ten-fold increase in treatment, thus transforming global childhood HIV/AIDS. Initiating treatment before the twelfth week of life reduces HIV-related mortality by 75%.

Published
17 December 2014
From
UNITAID
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

Published
17 December 2014
From
PAHO / WHO
Adolescents born with HIV must be told their status

Petronella Sampa Nsomfwa was born with HIV, but wasn't told of her status by her parents before they died. On the launch of a new report she calls on families to be open with their adolescent children about their HIV status.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Key Correspondents
PEPFAR’s ‘Global Pediatric ARV Commitment-To-Action’ Aims To Improve Drug Access

Since the start of President Obama’s Administration, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has achieved a four-fold increase and is now providing 7.7 million people with life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment worldwide. Despite this, only 1 in 4 of the 3.2 million children living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are today receiving treatment.

Published
09 December 2014
From
US Department of State
Poor weight gain during first year of ART associated with increased mortality risk for children with HIV in resource-limited settings

Poor weight gain after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) is associated with increased mortality risk for children with HIV, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. An international team

Published
09 December 2014
By
Michael Carter
I’m living with HIV, but it doesn’t define me

When I was 13, my doctor sat me down and told me that I was HIV-positive. Sitting next to me, my mum was silent, in denial of the virus that she had unknowingly passed to me.

Published
07 December 2014
From
The Guardian
Conceiving a Child on Truvada as PrEP Appears Safe

Taking Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) until shortly after conception of a child appears safe.

Published
03 December 2014
From
POZ
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.

Published
02 December 2014
From
UNICEF
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) Signs Licensing Agreement with AbbVie for HIV Paediatric Formulations of Lopinavir and Ritonavir

he licence will enable other companies and organisations to re-formulate and manufacture specially designed LPV/r and r paediatric treatments for distribution in low- and middle-income countries where 99% of children with HIV in the developing world live.

Published
02 December 2014
From
Medicines Patent Pool
How PrEP Helped One HIV-Negative Woman Become a Mother

All Poppy Morgan of San Francisco wanted was to see her husband, Ted, reflected in their child's face. Unfortunately, for many years, this could not be a reality. Ted was HIV positive, and Poppy could not find a way to conceive safely. After many disappointments, including a brief hope for sperm washing that was quickly dashed, Poppy found pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
26 November 2014
From
The Body
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