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Performance of PMTCT in routine programme matches clinical trials, Botswana reports

Formula-fed infants born to women who started ART during pregnancy under routine programme conditions in Botswana, without frequent viral load monitoring or specialised care, were fourteen times less

Published
31 August 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Pre-chewed food may pose HIV threat to infants

A new study from South Africa found that more than two-thirds of mothers and other caregivers pre-chew food for their infants -- possibly putting those babies at risk of HIV if the caregiver is HIV-positive.

Published
30 August 2011
From
Reuters
Exclusive breastfeeding plan 'impractical'

Doctors in the HIV field and mothers infected with the virus have reacted with scepticism to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's announcement of an "exclusive breastfeeding" policy according to which the government will no longer provide free milk formula to HIV-positive mothers.

Published
26 August 2011
From
Mail & Guardian Online
Should Breastfeeding be an Option for HIV Positive Women in Developed Countries?

Women in industrialized countries who are on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) and have undetectable viral load should also be advised that breastfeeding may be an acceptable option, according to an opinion piece by Pamela Morrison, an international board-certified lactation consultant, and colleagues in the August 5, 2011, advance online edition of AIDS.

Published
25 August 2011
From
HIVandhepatitis.com
51% of HIV-affected households in Cambodia live in hunger: UNDP

Some 51 percent of the HIV/AIDS- infected households in Cambodia are living in hunger, said a new UN survey released here on Thursday, calling for more attention to the need for HIV-sensitive social protection mechanisms.

Published
25 August 2011
From
Xinhuanet.com
PEPFAR releases 2012 Country Operational Plan Guidance

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program released the 2012 Country Operational Plan Guidance recently, which highlights seven program priorities: increasing prevention of mother–to-child transmission (PMTCT) coverage and effectiveness; improving and refining the country’s approach to treatment; programming for prevention impact; TB/HIV integration; testing and counseling; training new healthcare providers; and capacity building.

Published
24 August 2011
From
Science Speaks
Start Earlier, Say Treatment Guidelines for Children Living With HIV

Children living with HIV who have CD4 cell counts below 500 and are not yet receiving antiretroviral (ARV) therapy should be started on treatment, according to revised guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on August 11.

Published
24 August 2011
From
AIDSMeds
Sexual and Reproductive Health for young HIV positive adolescents

This manual gives guidance and direction to healthcare workers who recognise that sexual and reproductive health is a critical component of adolescent service provision.

Published
23 August 2011
From
Anova Health Institute
Further evidence that 'breast is best' for children of mothers with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

Early weaning resulted in almost twice as many acute illnesses and hospitalisations among HIV-exposed uninfected infants when compared to infants who continued to be breastfed beyond six months

Published
19 August 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Pediatric HIV — A Neglected Disease?

Children with HIV–AIDS in low- and middle-income countries are not considered in the HIV research and development agenda because they are poor and voiceless and do not represent a lucrative market in the traditional sense.

Published
18 August 2011
From
New England Journal of Medicine

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