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UNITAID will invest to enable universal HIV care for children

The UNITAID Executive Board finished its twenty-first meeting and decided that UNITAID will invest up to $63 million through the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to bring early infant diagnosis for HIV to the heart of communities in nine African countries. This will pave the way to universal access for testing and enable a ten-fold increase in treatment, thus transforming global childhood HIV/AIDS. Initiating treatment before the twelfth week of life reduces HIV-related mortality by 75%.

Published
17 December 2014
From
UNITAID
PEPFAR’s ‘Global Pediatric ARV Commitment-To-Action’ Aims To Improve Drug Access

Since the start of President Obama’s Administration, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has achieved a four-fold increase and is now providing 7.7 million people with life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment worldwide. Despite this, only 1 in 4 of the 3.2 million children living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are today receiving treatment.

Published
09 December 2014
From
US Department of State
Poor weight gain during first year of ART associated with increased mortality risk for children with HIV in resource-limited settings

Poor weight gain after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) is associated with increased mortality risk for children with HIV, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. An international team

Published
09 December 2014
By
Michael Carter
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) Signs Licensing Agreement with AbbVie for HIV Paediatric Formulations of Lopinavir and Ritonavir

he licence will enable other companies and organisations to re-formulate and manufacture specially designed LPV/r and r paediatric treatments for distribution in low- and middle-income countries where 99% of children with HIV in the developing world live.

Published
02 December 2014
From
Medicines Patent Pool
NNRTI + 3 NRTIs may be strong first regimen in UK/Ireland children

Children starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) with a nonnucleoside (NNRTI) plus 3 nucleosides (NRTIs) had the lowest 2-year virologic failure rate in a study of 997 children in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Five-year toxicity rates were similar with the NNRTI and protease inhibitor (PI) regimens studied.

Published
24 November 2014
From
International AIDS Society
Ugandan activists fear ‘nonsensical’ HIV law increases infection of children

Medical experts and HIV activists fear Uganda’s HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act is having the opposite effect and causing people to shy away from seeking treatment.

Published
26 October 2014
From
Key Correspondents
Infants in southern Africa start antiretroviral therapy late with advanced disease

Three quarters of infants starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) across eleven clinics in southern Africa had severe HIV disease and 87.2% met the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) definition

Published
21 October 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Early HIV drugs are 'not a cure'

Giving drugs within hours of HIV infection is not a cure for HIV, according to doctors treating a baby in Milan.

Published
03 October 2014
From
BBC Health
Study Supports Earlier Initiation of HAART in HIV-Infected Children

New research supports early initiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in children with HIV infection.

Published
03 October 2014
From
Medscape (requires registration)
Now or Never: The Urgency of Closing the Treatment Gap for Children Living with HIV/AIDS

It is time for the international community led by UNAIDS to set an ambitious but feasible target for the number of HIV-positive children to be put on treatment. Countries with the highest paediatric HIV burdens, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, must take the lead to scale up treatment coverage for their HIV-positive children.

Published
23 July 2014
From
AIDS 2014 conference blog
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