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Young adults with life-long HIV have a higher risk of cancer

Adolescents and young adults who acquired HIV before or at birth had a 13-fold higher likelihood of developing cancer and a 9-fold higher risk of

01 August 2018
Liz Highleyman
How South African teenagers born HIV positive are navigating life in care

Fifteen years ago drugs were introduced that, for the first time, prevented mothers from transmitting the HIV virus to their babies. The drugs meant that children born to mothers infected with the virus could live long and fruitful lives despite being HIV positive. Since then researchers have studied the health issues facing children living with HIV and there’s a fairly good understanding about the medical challenges they face. But there’s still a lack of knowledge about the social issues these young people have to navigate.

27 June 2018
The Conversation
Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants

Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

22 November 2017
EurekAlert (press release)
Health problems may increase as young people infected with HIV at birth get older

A Massachusetts General Hospital study has found that US youth infected with HIV around the time of their birth are at higher risk throughout their adolescence and young adulthood for experiencing serious health problems, poor control of the HIV virus or death.

29 March 2017
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Point-of-care test improves infant HIV diagnosis rate, treatment starts and retention in care

Using a point-of-care test to diagnose HIV in infants significantly improved retention in care, speeded up antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation and increased the proportion of infants who

14 February 2017
Keith Alcorn
Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis provides no benefit for HIV-exposed uninfected children

Challenging current guidelines, prolonged use of cotrimoxazole (CTX) may not be necessary for HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) children in low mortality, non-malarial settings with low risk for late mother-to-child

25 February 2016
Carole Leach-Lemens
One in eight children with confirmed TB have drug-resistant TB in Cape Town

One in eight children with confirmed TB have drug-resistant TB in Cape Town, South Africa, according to a surveillance study of childhood TB drug-resistance, presented by Professor

05 January 2016
Lesley Odendal
How schools are getting it wrong on HIV and Aids

Children have been humiliated in school and even excluded because many teachers are still badly informed.

24 November 2015
The Guardian
Children With HIV More Likely to Die of Malaria

Children infected with H.I.V. appear much more likely than those who are not to die with severe malaria, a new study has found. It may make sense to give these children malaria drugs protectively, the authors said.

01 October 2015
New York Times
Young woman stays undetectable for twelve years off treatment after early HIV therapy

The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) heard today of a case where a young woman, who was infected with

21 July 2015
Gus Cairns
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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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