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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
Adolescent deaths from AIDS rising, especially among boys

While new HIV infections have declined among children, adolescents and adults since 2000, HIV-related deaths have risen sharply among adolescents, especially 15- to 19-year-old males, Tyler Porth of

Published
22 July 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
AIDS 2014: Researchers discuss progress towards an HIV cure

Progress along the multi-pronged path towards a cure for HIV was one of the themes at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), taking place this week in Melbourne.

Published
22 July 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
High rates of drug resistance among HIV-positive infants in South Africa

There was a high prevalence of antiretroviral drug resistance among infants newly diagnosed with HIV in Johannesburg, investigators report in AIDS. Over half the infants

Published
13 July 2014
By
Michael Carter
ART soon after birth for HIV-infected babies can achieve sustained viral suppression and reduce pool of HIV-infected cells

Antiretroviral therapy started soon after birth can suppress HIV to extremely low levels and severely restrict the size of the reservoir of HIV-infected cells in peripheral blood, Canadian

Published
19 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
New global clinical trial aims to replicate the mysterious “Mississippi baby” success

Researchers plan to identify 54 HIV-positive infants and treat them with standard antiretroviral drugs, beginning treatment within 48 hours of birth. The team plans to enroll HIV-positive infants across 17 hospitals and clinics in the U.S. and 11 other countries, including Haiti, India, Malawi, South Africa and Thailand.

Published
18 June 2014
From
Scientific American
New Initiative To Address Lack Of Paediatric-Specific HIV Treatments

As the World Health Assembly, a new partnership has been launched by three major public health actors in the field of HIV treatment. The initiative is meant to find improved treatments for children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Although all actors agree that significant progress has been made on adult treatments, children-specific medicines are still lacking.

Published
21 May 2014
From
Intellectual Property Watch
No 'Mississippi Baby' in Canada

Scientists at several institutions pooled their information and found they had five children who appeared to match the Mississippi baby -- they had been treated within several hours of birth and sensitive testing showed little or no sign of HIV. Details of the Canadian cases were presented at the annual meeting last week of the Canadian Association for HIV Research.

Published
13 May 2014
From
MedPage Today
ARVs a Bitter Pill to Swallow for Ugandan Children

For many of the 35,500 children in Uganda on HIV treatment, daily ARVs are too much of a bitter pill to swallow, especially if they don’t understand why they need them - Uganda’s policy is not to reveal their HIV status to children until they reach 13 years of age.

Published
08 May 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Lopinavir/ritonavir or 3TC PrEP equally protective against infant HIV infection during breastfeeding

Lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) or 3TC (lamivudine, Epivir) proved equally protective as infant prophylaxis against HIV infection during 12 months of breastfeeding, Dr Chipepo Kankasa, presenting on behalf of the

Published
10 March 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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