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Older children with HIV may need to start treatment sooner to normalize future CD4 count

Although younger children with HIV are at high risk of disease progression if not treated, new research published this week in PLOS Medicine indicates that they have good potential for achieving high CD4 counts in later life provided antiretroviral therapy (ART) is initiated according to current treatment guidelines. However, the research also suggests that the recommended CD4 count thresholds for ART initiation are unlikely to maximize immunological health in children who have never received ART before the age of ten years.

Published
30 October 2013
From
EurekAlert
Only a fifth of pregnancies among women living with HIV in the US are planned

Only a fifth of pregnancies among women living with HIV in the United States are planned, research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune

Published
15 October 2013
By
Michael Carter
The Caribbean makes strides in reducing HIV/AIDS in babies

The Caribbean is on the verge of becoming the first region in the world to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmissions.

Published
10 October 2013
From
Christian Science Monitor
Microbicide ring study shows users are reassured about discomfort but develop new worries about safety

A safety and acceptability study of a vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drugs dapivirine (TMC120) and/or maraviroc (Celsentri, Selzentry) shows that women using the ring generally found

Published
03 October 2013
By
Gus Cairns
Tenofovir vaginal ring protects monkeys on Depo-Provera against HIV-like virus

An intravaginal ring containing tenofovir protected all but one macaque monkey given hormonal contraceptives and repeatedly exposed to a hybrid human/simian virus similar to HIV, according to

Published
30 September 2013
By
Liz Highleyman
UNAIDS reports a 52% reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33% reduction among adults and children since 2001

World closing in on Millennium Development Goal 6, globally the AIDS epidemic has been halted and reversed—race is on to reach universal access to HIV treatment.

Published
23 September 2013
From
UNAIDS
Infant Gut Permeability May Figure in Breast Milk HIV Transmission

Increased intestinal permeability in infants may heighten the risk of HIV transmission via breast milk, according to an analysis of HIV-infected and HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU) infants in the Breastfeeding, Antiretrovirals, and Nutrition (BAN) Study in Malawi.

Published
22 September 2013
From
International AIDS Society
Raltegravir appears safe for mothers and babies during pregnancy

Antiretroviral regimens containing the integrase inhibitor raltegravir (Isentress) were shown to be safe and effective for pregnant women living with HIV and did not cause birth defects in

Published
18 September 2013
By
Liz Highleyman
Three Students Got Kicked Out Of An Arkansas Public School Because They Might Be HIV-Positive

A public school district in Arkansas has removed three siblings from school because administrators suspect they may be infected with HIV, according to a local disability rights organization. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, public schools may not ban children simply based on their HIV status.

Published
17 September 2013
From
Think Progress
Midwife sacked over HIV disclosures defends right to blow whistle

A midwife who was sacked after revealing that foster parents were not being told that children had HIV has defended her right to “whistleblow” on the practice.

Published
17 September 2013
From
Daily Telegraph

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