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The Best Antiretroviral Therapy for Pregnant Women? The Controversy Continues

There's considerable controversy in an area of HIV medicine that one would think should be all but solved by now. It's what HIV treatment we should give pregnant women.

Published
18 October 2017
From
The Body PRO
Breast-feeding by Women With HIV Disputed

A controversy being debated around the world — whether women living with HIV should breast-feed — was in the spotlight here at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition.

Published
25 September 2017
From
Medscape (free registration required)
BHIVA response to BMJ article on ART in pregnant women living with HIV

We do not support recommendations of "ART in pregnant women living with HIV: a clinical practice guideline" (BMJ, 11/9/17). Other systematic reviews and numerous observational studies show tenofovir to be safe in HIV in pregnancy.

Published
25 September 2017
From
BHIVA
New guidelines recommend that women avoid tenofovir & emtricitabine during pregnancy

Women should be offered the choice to avoid treatment with tenofovir and emtricitabine during pregnancy owing to a higher risk of stillbirth and early infant

Published
13 September 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Alice Welbourn: WHO and the rights of women living with HIV

A recent set of articles on HIV in pregnancy, published by The BMJ and BMJ Open, raises concerns that some combination anti-retroviral therapies (cARTs) may harm babies. This highlights the need for changes to current WHO practice towards pregnant women living with HIV, which is no doubt well-intentioned but ill thought-out.

Published
12 September 2017
From
BMJ Opinion
New recommendations aim to help pregnant women with HIV make informed choices

New recommendations on antiretroviral drugs for pregnant women living with HIV can help women make more informed choices about benefits and harms, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. The panel recommend older drug combinations instead of the most widely used regimens to help reduce the risk of premature birth and neonatal death - which almost all women said they were extremely keen to avoid.

Published
12 September 2017
From
EurekAlert
Paediatric to adult HIV care transition – the risk of disengagement

Young adults represent a growing proportion of the number of people living with HIV in the USA, but they are at high-risk of disengaging from care when transitioning from paediatric to adult services.

Published
04 September 2017
From
AVERT
HIV drug resistance found in more than half of young children in Africa

Approximately 54% of young children with HIV surveyed in Africa had resistance to one or more antiretroviral drugs, according to recent data.

Published
24 August 2017
From
Healio
Stillbirth more frequent in women with HIV in UK and Ireland than in general population

The stillbirth rate among women living with HIV in the UK and Ireland from 2007 to 2015 was more than twice that of the general

Published
01 August 2017
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Adolescents with HIV do better in more prosperous African countries, even with treatment

Adolescents who acquired HIV perinatally were less likely to die, grew faster and had better immune restoration on treatment if they lived in upper-middle income

Published
31 July 2017
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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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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