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Multiple strategies for safer conception need to incorporate couples' preferences

Misunderstandings about serodiscordance and limited understanding of female fertility and male insemination are barriers to couples in serodiscordant partnerships in attempting to practice safer conception methods, according to

Published
03 July 2015
By
Lesley Odendal
South Africa: Lower coverage of maternal HIV testing among adolescents leading to higher mother-to-child transmission

Adolescents have lower coverage of HIV testing and subsequent prevention of mother-to-child (PMTCT) services and significantly higher early vertical transmission rates compared with adults, according to findings from

Published
01 July 2015
By
Lesley Odendal
Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization says.

Published
01 July 2015
From
BBC Health
What Preventing HIV in Babies Can Tell Us about Preventing HIV in Adults

Between 1991 and 2010, a massively successful public health strategy reduced the number of babies born in the U.S. with HIV from over 1500 in a year to just over 150. Those engaged in the fight against HIV should look to and learn from the successes and experiences of perinatal HIV transmission prevention efforts.

Published
29 June 2015
From
BETA blog
New Approach on HIV Viral Load Testing

Framework agreements will be established between the Global Fund and seven diagnostic manufacturers which aim to make the market for HIV viral load testing more transparent and competitive, driving cost reductions of up to one third. The agreements should deliver net savings of at least US$30 million over three years to the Global Fund, and potentially much more.

Published
17 June 2015
From
Global Fund
South Africa: Almost 10 percent of HIV-positive women report forced sterilisation

South Africa’s first national HIV stigma index has found that seven percent of HIV-positive women surveyed reported being sterilised against their will and about 40 percent reported contraception was a pre-requisite of accessing antiretrovirals (ARVs).

Published
10 June 2015
From
Health-e
Antibody response linked to lower mother-to-child HIV transmission

How most babies are protected from acquiring HIV from their infected mothers has been a matter of scientific controversy. Now researchers at Duke Medicine provide new data identifying an antibody response that had long been discounted as inadequate to confer protection.

Published
09 June 2015
From
Duke University press release
Many South African women become infected with HIV during pregnancy posing high risk of transmission to their infants

There is a high risk of HIV seroconversion during pregnancy for women in South Africa, investigators report in the online journal PLOS One. The study involved approximately 10,000

Published
01 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
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
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