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Health systems, not family factors, most crucial in PMTCT outcomes, Kenyan study shows

Women who learn of their HIV infection during pregnancy are at higher risk of vertical transmission of HIV than those who previously knew their status, according to

17 December 2013
Lesley Odendal
Janssen Announces First-of-its-Kind Drug Donation Program for HIV Treatment-Experienced Children

Through this program, Janssen will donate its HIV medicines PREZISTA® (darunavir) and INTELENCE® (etravirine), including child-friendly formulations, free of charge to eligible countries with the clinical capacity and willingness to address second- and third-line pediatric HIV treatment. Each child enrolled will receive Janssen’s donated HIV medicines as needed until they turn 19 at which point they will be transitioned into the adult national HIV program or other designated by the national HIV program for continued treatment.

10 December 2013
Johnson & Johnson press release
Pregnant, positive and on HIV treatment for life

In theory, protecting babies from HIV infection has become relatively simple: a process involving drugs for the woman before she gives birth and then for the baby after birth. But not in Lesotho, where poor health and transport infrastructure have meant that HIV-positive people living in remote mountain regions are often the last to receive care and treatment; doctors and nurses are in short supply; and almost a quarter of the population lives with HIV.

09 December 2013
IRIN Plus News
HIV and Pregnancy – Prepared to Care

Dr Maria Lohan of Queen’s University Belfast describes a web-based educational resource for health care professionals to better understand the care needs of HIV affected women.

02 December 2013
Sexual Health Research Network
Pros and Cons of Uganda’s New ARV Therapy for Pregnant Women

Uganda has gotten plenty of kudos and some criticism over its roll out of the new antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women and their babies, known as Option B +. Recommended by the World Health Organisation in June 2012, Option B+ consists in life-long provision of ARV therapy to pregnant women regardless of their CD4 count.

27 November 2013
Inter Press Service
Hope for the future as Malawi battles the Aids virus's capacity to infect succeeding generations

Malawi has found itself leading the world with a scheme to tackle one of the worst effects of the Aids virus – its capacity to infect succeeding generations. It has a devised a scheme to offer immediate, lifelong treatment with anti-retroviral drugs to all pregnant women who test positive for HIV.

21 November 2013
The Independent
Children at risk of AIDS should be tested at birth - UNAIDS

More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Michele Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, called for diagnostic kits to be improved for detection in babies of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, and for their "still high" current price of $25-50 to be brought down.

20 November 2013
God intervened in HIV cure of baby, Hannah Gay believes

The continued good health of a Mississippi baby born with HIV causes Hannah Gay, the HIV specialist who treats the child, to speak of divine intervention. "When I treated this baby I was not even thinking of curing the baby," she said. "That was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply trying to prevent infection and I failed at what I was trying to do. However, my failure in God's hands turned into a miracle. And it was God that cured the baby and I just happened to be standing close by at the time."

19 November 2013
Baptist Press
African Commission condemns coerced sterilisation of HIV+ women

In a landmark pronouncement for women’s rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has condemned the coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV as a blatant violation of their fundamental rights, which are guaranteed under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

18 November 2013
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
Uganda: Men Hire Fake Husbands to Avoid HIV Test

The idea of mandatory testing is entrenched in the HIV and Aids Prevention Control Bill 2009. It provides in article 14: "A pregnant woman and her partner would be subjected to a routine HIV test to prevent transmission to the baby."

04 November 2013

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