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ART soon after birth for HIV-infected babies can achieve sustained viral suppression and reduce pool of HIV-infected cells

Antiretroviral therapy started soon after birth can suppress HIV to extremely low levels and severely restrict the size of the reservoir of HIV-infected cells in peripheral blood, Canadian

Published
19 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
New global clinical trial aims to replicate the mysterious “Mississippi baby” success

Researchers plan to identify 54 HIV-positive infants and treat them with standard antiretroviral drugs, beginning treatment within 48 hours of birth. The team plans to enroll HIV-positive infants across 17 hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and 11 other countries, including Haiti, India, Malawi, South Africa and Thailand.

Published
18 June 2014
From
Scientific American
Children battle to access HIV testing in Zimbabwe

Young people with HIV are increasingly dying at a time when HIV-related deaths are declining for all other age groups. They are also less likely to get tested for the virus, as concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children, according to a recent study.

Published
10 June 2014
From
IRIN Plus News
“I Can Improve Things”: An HIV Peer Counselor in the Dominican Republic

Stigma makes it difficult for HIV-positive pregnant women to ask questions and get the information they need to cope with their diagnosis and navigate treatment. HIV peer counselors play an important role in countering this.

Published
06 June 2014
From
USAID CapacityPlus (blog)
Marriage a Barrier to ARV treatment for Swazi Women (part two of a series on Option B+)

This is the second in a three-part series of about women and Option B+ in Africa. "Although Swazi women have better health-seeking behaviour than men, they find it hard to deal with HIV because of socio-cultural barriers, says the study. Many HIV positive married women live in a dilemma between obeying their husbands or following the advice of the health workers."

Published
05 June 2014
From
IPS
Mother to child transmission of HIV in Latin America: a long walk to equity

Gender and racial inequalities in Latin America continue to hamper efforts to prevent HIV infections in children, where nearly 7,000 are newly infected each year. At a special session on HIV and children at the HIV Drug Therapy 2014 Americas Conference in Rio de Janeiro last month, delegates set the goal to increase antenatal coverage to more than 95 per cent of all pregnant women.

Published
03 June 2014
From
Key Correspondents
Second analysis concludes that we can't eliminate the long-term possibility of HIV transmission from someone on treatment

A study that estimates the risk that someone living with HIV and taking antiretroviral therapy could transmit the virus reports that, on the basis of the

Published
31 May 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Divided Opinions on Feasibility of Kenya’s Option B+ Roll Out

Kenya’s health sector has been facing significant challenges, ranging from a shortage of health care providers to a series of labour strikes. The problems have not only disrupted health services, but have HIV experts divided on whether to roll out Option B+ nationwide or just to pilot it in high volume facilities such as major referral hospitals.

Published
29 May 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Barriers to HIV testing in older children

Concerns about guardianship and privacy can discourage clinics from testing children for HIV, according to new research from Zimbabwe. The results of the study provide much-needed information on how to improve care of this vulnerable population.

Published
28 May 2014
From
Science Daily
Is HIV Transmission Risk Really Near Zero If HIV+ Heterosexual Partners Are on ART?

Serodiscordant heterosexual couples in which the positive partner has been on combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) for more than 6 months may have an HIV transmission risk as high as 13 per 100,000 sex acts -- but the risk could also be zero -- according to an estimate based on a systematic review described in the April 9 online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
23 May 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com

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