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UNICEF warns, the global HIV response is failing children and adolescents

Unless the HIV response is stepped up, we will not end AIDS in children and adolescents. This is the stark message in a new UNICEF report, released earlier this month.

Published
15 December 2017
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Avert
People Living with HIV Can Safely Choose Parenthood

A family medicine physician argues for reproductive justice for people living with HIV. "I have seen women who travel hundreds of miles for their pregnancy care because no provider in their community is comfortable pregnant women with HIV. I have seen patients go out of their way for their medical care because they fear disclosure in their community if they see a provider for their HIV care closer to home."

Published
01 December 2017
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Poz
HIV testing rate among children and adolescents boosted after caregivers receive a cash incentive

Children and adolescents are more likely to be tested for HIV if their parents or caregivers are offered a cash incentive, according to the results

Published
29 November 2017
By
Michael Carter
HIV-positive children in resource-limited settings can achieve good virological outcomes without routine viral load or CD4 cell count monitoring

HIV-positive children can achieve good virological outcomes without routine monitoring of CD4 cell count or viral load, investigators report in PLOS Medicine. The research was

Published
27 November 2017
By
Michael Carter
Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants

Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

Published
22 November 2017
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EurekAlert (press release)
Despite reassuring data, we can’t yet say U=U for breastfeeding

While effective HIV treatment greatly reduces the risk of onward transmission during breastfeeding, it does not appear that the risk is zero, a leading paediatrician told the

Published
22 November 2017
By
Roger Pebody
No transmissions from breastfeeding in Tanzania cohort from mothers with undetectable viral load

No HIV exposed infants who were negative at birth, whose mothers started ART before delivery, had suppressed viral loads and exclusively breastfed, were HIV positive after breastfeeding, in a rural African cohort.

Published
13 November 2017
From
HIV i-Base
Women With HIV Breast-feed in Secret

Current guidelines recommend that women with HIV avoid breast-feeding, but some do so without advising their physician and without monitoring for the safety of their baby. However, when a woman has an undetectable viral load, the risk is minimal, according to some specialists.

Published
08 November 2017
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
Strong maternal antibodies for HIV ineffective for protecting infants from HIV

HIV+ mothers who possess a strong neutralizing antibody response may be more likely to pass the virus on to her infant through breast feeding. In addition, infants born to mothers with a strong antibody response are significantly more likely to have a serious illness or death, regardless of whether or not they acquire the virus.

Published
01 November 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

A study commissioned by the drug company Gilead Sciences and conducted in five European countries has found that, compared with their HIV-negative peers, people with HIV still

Published
27 October 2017
By
Gus Cairns
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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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