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“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.

06 June 2014
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."

05 June 2014
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.

03 June 2014
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

31 May 2014
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.

29 May 2014
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.

28 May 2014
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.

23 May 2014
New Initiative To Address Lack Of Paediatric-Specific HIV Treatments

As the World Health Assembly, a new partnership has been launched by three major public health actors in the field of HIV treatment. The initiative is meant to find improved treatments for children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Although all actors agree that significant progress has been made on adult treatments, children-specific medicines are still lacking.

21 May 2014
Intellectual Property Watch
DOTW report: vulnerable pregnant women routinely denied access to healthcare across Europe

Vulnerable people, especially pregnant women, are being failed by health systems in the UK and across Europe according to a report published today by the health charity, Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde).

16 May 2014
Doctors of the World
NHS organisations ordered to stop denying couples infertility treatment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has criticised GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England for betraying the NHS's guiding principle of access to treatment by operating a "postcode lottery" on IVF. NHS bodies in England and Wales are supposed to offer three cycles of IVF to infertile women up to the age of 40, but the policy is widely ignored.

15 May 2014
The Guardian

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