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Pregnancy is a Missed Opportunity for HIV-Infected Women to Gain Control Over their Condition

Pregnancy could be a turning point for HIV-infected women, when they have the opportunity to manage their infection, prevent transmission to their new baby and enter a long-term pattern of maintenance of HIV care after giving birth—but most HIV-infected women aren’t getting that chance. That is the major message from a pair of new studies in Philadelphia, one published early online this month in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the other published in July in PLOS ONE.

Published
26 August 2015
From
Drexel Now
Uganda’s Health Information System, Use Of Data Helps Prevent Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Identifying opportunities to improve global health sometimes requires creative thinking and new collaborations. Today in Uganda, creative approaches are helping eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) and leading to fewer and fewer babies being born HIV-infected. Shifts in the national MTCT strategy have resulted in increased maternal antiretroviral treatment (ART) coverage - 65% in 2012 to 87% in 2014.

Published
26 August 2015
From
ONE Blog
HIV-positive postpartum women who rapidly re-engage with HIV care more likely to have viral suppression in longer term

HIV-positive women who have recently given birth have low rates of engagement with HIV care, investigators from the US report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious

Published
19 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
Low rates of engagement with HIV care among women who have recently given birth in Cape Town townships

Only half of HIV-positive mothers in townships near Cape Town, South Africa, who received antenatal care and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART)

Published
18 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
Peer or community interventions improve outcomes for mothers with HIV

Peer- and community-based interventions can significantly increase retention in care of mothers with HIV and early antenatal clinic visits, according to results from two large multi-country studies

Published
05 August 2015
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Intensification of antiretroviral therapy reduces risk of late-term mother-to-child HIV transmission

Maternal and infant antiretroviral therapy (ART) intensification is very effective in preventing HIV transmission during labour and birth in pregnant women with HIV in Thailand who present late

Published
29 July 2015
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Raltegravir appears to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission during late pregnancy

Combination antiretroviral therapy containing the integrase inhibitor raltegravir (Isentress) appears safe and effective and may be an attractive option for treatment for pregnant women with HIV –

Published
28 July 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Vancouver delegates call for greater innovation in HIV diagnostics

Innovation in HIV diagnostics is urgently needed if the world hopes to achieve the 90–90–90 target for access to antiretroviral therapy, leading scientific experts advised this week. The call for intensified effort and innovation on HIV diagnostics occurred during two sessions at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, held in Vancouver, Canada.

Published
22 July 2015
From
UNAIDS
Cash compensation encourages uptake of circumcision, PMTCT services

Cash compensation can improve the uptake of key HIV prevention services in sub-Saharan Africa, results from two randomised studies show. The studies were presented on Tuesday at

Published
22 July 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Active invitation and tracing more likely to get men involved in couples HIV counselling and testing

Active invitation and tracing of male partners of pregnant women newly diagnosed with HIV substantially increased uptake of couples HIV counselling and testing (cHCT), resulting in close

Published
22 July 2015
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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