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'Breast Best' Policy Challenged in South Africa

In September last year, South Africa’s health minister Aaron Motsoaledi implemented a drastic and highly contentious measure. He announced that the government would no longer provide a free six-month supply of formula milk to HIV-infected mothers. Instead, its health facilities would encourage the women to exclusively breastfeed for at least the first six months of their babies’ lives.

Published
20 June 2012
From
Voice of America
Body & Soul's Director, Emma Colyer, awarded MBE

The announcement is a recognition of the huge role Emma has played in helping those living with HIV overcome their difficulties and lead productive and joyful lives.

Published
16 June 2012
From
Body & Soul
HIV Destroyed And Its Oral Transmission Blocked By Breast Milk In Humanized Mouse

"This study provides significant insight into the amazing ability of breast milk to destroy HIV and prevent its transmission," said J. Victor Garcia, PhD, senior author on the study and professor of medicine in the UNC Center for Infectious Diseases and the UNC Center for AIDS Research. "It also provides new leads for the isolation of natural products that could be used to combat the virus."

Published
16 June 2012
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Kenya: Raila Promises Drugs to Those Born With HIV

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has assured Kenyans born with HIV of a life-time supply of the drugs they need. The first generation of Kenyans born with the virus is in its 20s.

Published
15 June 2012
From
AllAfrica
Instant Infant HIV Diagnosis to be Rolled Out in Rural Kenya

Jesse Mtembe, a nursing officer at the Akithenesit Health Centre in Teso North, in Kenya's Western Province, cannot wait for his centre to be connected to a new software system for diagnosing HIV in infants that is being developed in the country's leading private university.

Published
13 June 2012
From
Inter Press Service
New report: evaluating HIV treatment as prevention in the European context

The report concludes that antiretroviral treatment has well-documented benefits for reducing the transmission of HIV, and has had a major impact on reducing HIV acquisition among children born to HIV positive mothers. However, the policy of treatment as prevention cannot be universally applied to all persons diagnosed with HIV without understanding whether there is a benefit for the individual’s health.

Published
07 June 2012
From
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) press release
HIV prevalence beginning to fall in South African children

HIV prevalence fell sharply among children admitted to one of South Africa’s largest hospitals in 2009 and 2010, but remained high at 19.3%, researchers from Chris Hani

Published
29 May 2012
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Ministers Meet To Discuss Global Plan To Eliminate New HIV Infections Among Children

UNAIDS and PEPFAR recently brought together the ministers of health and representatives of the 22 countries with the most new HIV cases among children to discuss progress on the Global Plan towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive agreed to at the 2011 U.N. High-Level Meeting on AIDS, according to a UNAIDS press release.

Published
25 May 2012
From
Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report
In HIV Prevention, Protect the Mothers: A Message to the World Health Assembly 2012

Women with HIV — more than anyone — want to ensure their babies are born free of HIV. However, we are concerned that talking about "saving babies" without putting equal emphasis on upholding women's rights to safety and good health care is a short-term, unsustainable approach to the issue.

Published
23 May 2012
From
RH Reality Check
Newly discovered breast milk antibodies help neutralize HIV

Antibodies that help to stop the HIV virus have been found in breast milk. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center isolated the antibodies from immune cells called B cells in the breast milk of infected mothers in Malawi.

Published
23 May 2012
From
EurekAlert (press release)

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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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