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Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Science Daily
US guidelines on prevention with people living with HIV now emphasise engagement with care, HIV treatment and social factors

The American public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published new recommendations on the HIV prevention interventions and advice that should

Published
05 January 2015
By
Roger Pebody
South Africa: Silent Suffering - Men and HIV (Video)

Why are South African men reluctant to test for HIV, to start and stay on ART, and to join support groups? Is it that health services are not men-friendly? Is it an idea of masculinity that mandates men to be stoic, to hide pain as a weakness and not to talk about their feelings? What defines the relationship of men to health services and how can it be improved? In this video by Davison Mudzingwa, experts and activists like Thamela, analyze the factors that drive men’s gendered vulnerability to HIV in South Africa and suggest ways to reduce it.

Published
23 December 2014
From
IPS
UNITAID will invest to enable universal HIV care for children

The UNITAID Executive Board finished its twenty-first meeting and decided that UNITAID will invest up to $63 million through the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to bring early infant diagnosis for HIV to the heart of communities in nine African countries. This will pave the way to universal access for testing and enable a ten-fold increase in treatment, thus transforming global childhood HIV/AIDS. Initiating treatment before the twelfth week of life reduces HIV-related mortality by 75%.

Published
17 December 2014
From
UNITAID
Number of babies born with HIV declined 78% in Latin America and the Caribbean, says new PAHO/WHO report

In 2013, 2,300 babies were born with HIV in the region, down from 10,700 in 2001

Published
17 December 2014
From
PAHO / WHO
Adolescents born with HIV must be told their status

Petronella Sampa Nsomfwa was born with HIV, but wasn't told of her status by her parents before they died. On the launch of a new report she calls on families to be open with their adolescent children about their HIV status.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Key Correspondents
PEPFAR’s ‘Global Pediatric ARV Commitment-To-Action’ Aims To Improve Drug Access

Since the start of President Obama’s Administration, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has achieved a four-fold increase and is now providing 7.7 million people with life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment worldwide. Despite this, only 1 in 4 of the 3.2 million children living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are today receiving treatment.

Published
09 December 2014
From
US Department of State
Poor weight gain during first year of ART associated with increased mortality risk for children with HIV in resource-limited settings

Poor weight gain after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) is associated with increased mortality risk for children with HIV, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. An international team

Published
09 December 2014
By
Michael Carter
I’m living with HIV, but it doesn’t define me

When I was 13, my doctor sat me down and told me that I was HIV-positive. Sitting next to me, my mum was silent, in denial of the virus that she had unknowingly passed to me.

Published
07 December 2014
From
The Guardian
Conceiving a Child on Truvada as PrEP Appears Safe

Taking Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) until shortly after conception of a child appears safe.

Published
03 December 2014
From
POZ

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