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Flash-heating breastmilk to inactivate HIV is feasible for women in resource-poor countries

An international team led by UC Davis researchers has found that mothers in sub-Saharan Africa could successfully follow a protocol for flash-heating breastmilk to reduce transmission of human immunodeficiency virus -- the virus that causes AIDS -- to their infants.

Published
03 May 2012
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Anti-HIV drug use during pregnancy does not affect infant size, birth weight

Infants born to women who used the anti-HIV drug tenofovir as part of an anti-HIV drug regimen during pregnancy do not weigh less at birth and are not of shorter length than infants born to women who used anti-HIV drug regimens that do not include tenofovir during pregnancy, according to findings from a National Institutes of Health network study.

Published
02 May 2012
From
National Institutes of Health (press release)
Breastfeeding For Longer Plus Extended ART May Reduce Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

Long-term results of the Breastfeeding, Antiretrovirals, and Nutrition (BAN) randomized trial reveals that breastfeeding for a longer period along (6+ months) with antiretroviral therapy (ART) could help reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission as well as improve chances of infant's survival.

Published
30 April 2012
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Nigeria: U.S. Spends $3.3 Billion to Fight Aids in Country

THE United States government disclosed, yesterday, that in the last seven years, it has spent $3.3 billion to fight HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, especially transmission from mother to child. This comes to $470 million spent annually on the pandemic.

Published
27 April 2012
From
AllAfrica
DRC: End of mother-to-child HIV transmission still a long way off

Poorly integrated maternal health services, a lack of human resources and a serious shortage of money for treatment mean the Democratic Republic of Congo is unlikely to meet the global plan of eliminating mother-to-child transmission by 2015.

Published
25 April 2012
From
IRIN Plus News
Contraceptive requirement may have compromised FEM-PrEP study

A requirement that all participants take hormonal contraceptives may have been what led to the disappointing failure of a study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) targeted at single women,

Published
16 April 2012
By
Gus Cairns
Norvir-Boosted HIV Regimens Linked to Preterm Births in French Cohort

Norvir (ritonavir) boosted protease inhibitor therapy has been linked to preterm deliveries in a French perinatal cohort, according to results published online ahead of print by the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID). The findings jibe with other European studies finding an association between antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and premature births, but they conflict with several studies performed in the United States.

Published
16 April 2012
From
AIDSMeds
WHO updates HIV treatment guidance for pregnant women and preventing HIV infection in babies

With little fanfare, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a “Programmatic Update” on the use of antiretrovirals (ARVs) to treat pregnant women and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) that identifies Option B and Option B plus as preferable to Option A. 

Published
10 April 2012
From
Science Speaks
Treatment with a ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor during pregnancy increases risk of preterm delivery

Antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of premature delivery, French researchers report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The large study showed that treatment with a

Published
10 April 2012
By
Michael Carter
KENYA: Better training needed for counsellors of HIV-discordant couples

The Kenyan government has issued guidelines on counselling for HIV-discordant couples, but many counsellors in smaller, rural health centres remain untrained.

Published
05 April 2012
From
IRIN Plus News

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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