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High rates of drug resistance among HIV-positive infants in South Africa

There was a high prevalence of antiretroviral drug resistance among infants newly diagnosed with HIV in Johannesburg, investigators report in AIDS. Over half the infants

Published
13 July 2014
By
Michael Carter
Option B+: In obstacle courses to lifelong antiretroviral treatment, hurdles are higher for pregnant women, study says

Work conflicts, hidden HIV status, and bad treatment by staff are among the hurdles keeping women living with HIV from continuing antiretroviral treatment for life following childbirth, according to a article published last month ahead of print in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Published
09 July 2014
From
Science Speaks
The Failure of the ABC Approach to HIV Prevention

For close to 25 years the standard HIV prevention strategy was the ABC sexual behaviour change strategy: Abstain, be Faithful, and use Condoms. Today, this ‘old’ strategy has all but faded into the background, with only condoms remaining on the tick-list of ‘to do’s’. The evidence was clear: New infections continued to rise steadily year after year, regardless of ABC. The 2012 South African Department of Health Antenatal Study confirms this.

Published
08 July 2014
From
Communications Initiative
HIV Did Not Stop Me From Having a Biological Child

On Monday, April 15, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., my life changed forever. My wife, Kasiah, and I welcomed our first child, a healthy girl named Finley Elizabeth Banks, into this world. She was perfect. But the journey to have a healthy, HIV-free biological child began many years before Finley’s birth.

Published
26 June 2014
From
TIME magazine
HIV Cure: Babies' Lack of Memory T-Cells Make Virus Unable to Hide from drugs

The National Institutes of Health intends to launch a clinical trial for more than 400 HIV-infected infants to undergo strong antiretroviral drug therapy, inspired by the Mississippi baby who is now age 4 and likely cured from AIDS.

Published
19 June 2014
From
International Business Times
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

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