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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.

Published
29 May 2014
From
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.

Published
28 May 2014
From
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.

Published
23 May 2014
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
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.

Published
21 May 2014
From
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).

Published
16 May 2014
From
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.

Published
15 May 2014
From
The Guardian
No 'Mississippi Baby' in Canada

Scientists at several institutions pooled their information and found they had five children who appeared to match the Mississippi baby -- they had been treated within several hours of birth and sensitive testing showed little or no sign of HIV. Details of the Canadian cases were presented at the annual meeting last week of the Canadian Association for HIV Research.

Published
13 May 2014
From
MedPage Today
ARVs a Bitter Pill to Swallow for Ugandan Children

For many of the 35,500 children in Uganda on HIV treatment, daily ARVs are too much of a bitter pill to swallow, especially if they don’t understand why they need them - Uganda’s policy is not to reveal their HIV status to children until they reach 13 years of age.

Published
08 May 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Risk of birth defects small with HIV drugs

The risks of birth defects in children exposed to antiretroviral drugs in utero are small when considering the clear benefit of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV but where there are safe and effective alternatives, it might be appropriate to avoid use by pregnant women of drugs that may be associated with elevated risks of birth defects, such as zidovudine and efavirenz, according to a study published by French researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine.

Published
30 April 2014
From
EurekAlert
As mixed-status HIV couples weigh risks, more choose to conceive the old-fashioned way

Couples in which one or both partners are HIV-positive have been using adoption, surrogacy or donor eggs or sperm for years, but those avenues are often in­cred­ibly expensive. Today, some doctors are endorsing intercourse without a condom as another option, provided the infected person’s viral load is low and the person takes medication regularly.

Published
25 April 2014
From
Washington Post

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