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Very early treatment in children limits the HIV reservoir

Very early HIV treatment in infants is feasible and safe and leads to a small reservoir of infected cells, two studies from Botswana and Thailand

13 March 2018
Keith Alcorn
Study finds that women are much more vulnerable to HIV infection during pregnancy and in the months after giving birth

A study presented today at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) found that women in two prevention studies were nearly three times more likely

05 March 2018
Gus Cairns
Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives

For infants born with HIV, a rapid introduction to necessary treatment is often the lifeline between whether a child will live or die. The recent introduction of a life-saving, point-of-care diagnostic technology in sub-Saharan Africa could become a global solution to preventing infant deaths from HIV.

23 February 2018
HIV-positive, exposed children have worse neurodevelopmental outcomes

Children who are HIV-positive or have been exposed to the virus are at increased risk of having poorer outcomes regarding cognitive and motor development compared with children who are HIV-negative and have not been exposed, according to findings ...

19 February 2018
Pregnancy and infant feeding: Can we say U=U about the risk of passing HIV to an infant?

Can an undetectable viral load eliminate the risk of passing HIV to an infant? This article will examine what we know about the risk of passing HIV through pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding.

13 February 2018
HIV-positive women starting antiretrovirals before conception have increased risk of having an infant that is small for gestational age

HIV-positive women who take combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) before conception have an increased risk of having a small for gestational age (SGA) baby, according to

05 February 2018
Michael Carter
NIH Begins Large HIV Treatment Study in Pregnant Women

The National Institutes of Health has launched a large international study to compare the safety and efficacy of three antiretroviral treatment regimens for pregnant women living with HIV and the safety of these regimens for their infants. The study will evaluate the current preferred first-line regimen for pregnant women recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and two regimens containing newer antiretroviral drugs that are becoming more widely used.

24 January 2018
NIAID press release
We found ways to shorten the turnaround time for diagnosing babies with HIV

Diagnosing babies with HIV as early as possible is critical. Public health officials have been grappling with this for many years. How can they reduce the time it takes to get newborns’ blood samples to the diagnostic lab and the test results back?

22 January 2018
The Conversation
Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Higher When Mother Has Other STIs

A new study confirms that HIV-infected pregnant women have a higher risk of transmitting the HIV to their infants if the mothers also have another sexually transmitted infection.

16 January 2018
MD Magazine
Withdrawing Depo-Provera contraceptives would result in more lives lost than HIV infections prevented

Even if Depo-Provera and other contraceptive injections raise the risk of HIV infection, withdrawing them from use in African countries would greatly increase maternal mortality, a modelling study

11 January 2018
Roger Pebody
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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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