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Sexually transmitted infections greatly increase the risk of HIV infection in pregnancy

Pregnant women in Kenya have a similar risk of HIV infection during pregnancy to serodiscordant couples or sex workers, Dr John Kinuthia told the 21st Conference on Retroviruses

Published
11 March 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Freeing babies from being born with HIV

The proportion of HIV-positive diagnosed women passing (transmitting) their infection to their babies in the UK is now at its lowest ever level, having dropped four-fold in 10 years. At the heart of this success story sits a world-leading screening programme.

Published
11 March 2014
From
Public Health England
Lopinavir/ritonavir or 3TC PrEP equally protective against infant HIV infection during breastfeeding

Lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) or 3TC (lamivudine, Epivir) proved equally protective as infant prophylaxis against HIV infection during 12 months of breastfeeding, Dr Chipepo Kankasa, presenting on behalf of the

Published
10 March 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Dangerous Combo: Violence in Pregnancy and HIV in South Africa

An estimated one in four South African women experience intimate partner violence in the 12 months leading up to childbirth. A major risk factor for violence is HIV infection.

Published
10 March 2014
From
Inter Press Service
HIV Drug Linked to Low Bone Density in Babies

In a cohort study, babies of mothers taking tenofovir (Viread) had an average whole-body bone mineral content about 8 grams less than babies whose mothers did not use the drug, according to George Siberry, MD, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md

Published
07 March 2014
From
MedPage Today
HIV disappears in 'Los Angeles baby,' doctors say

The girl, who was born in April and is being referred to as the "Los Angeles baby," remains on three standard HIV medications. Because of this, doctors cannot say for certain yet whether the infant is cured or whether the disease has gone into remission.

Published
06 March 2014
From
Los Angeles Times
Maternal deaths due to HIV not declining despite PMTCT successes in South Africa

Improvements in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in South Africa are not translating into a reduction in maternal deaths due to HIV infection, according to

Published
06 March 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
The Eastern Cape cancer mystery

Many Eastern Cape children infected with HIV at birth are developing AIDS-defining cancers as they reach adulthood, but HIV is unlikely to be the only driver of the what haematologists suspect is an inexplicably high concentration of blood cancers in the province.

Published
27 February 2014
From
Health-e
Mother to child HIV transmission at record low in the UK

The rate of mother to child HIV transmission is at an all-time low in the United Kingdom, according to a paper published today in the journal AIDS.

Published
25 February 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Youth born with HIV may have higher heart disease risk, NIH network study shows

Researchers advise reducing risk through diet, exercise, not smoking.

Published
25 February 2014
From
National Institutes of Health (press release)

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