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Intensification of antiretroviral therapy reduces risk of late-term mother-to-child HIV transmission

Maternal and infant antiretroviral therapy (ART) intensification is very effective in preventing HIV transmission during labour and birth in pregnant women with HIV in Thailand who present late

Published
29 July 2015
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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

Published
21 July 2015
By
Gus Cairns
High treatment failure rate among Thai children switching to second-line ART

There is a high treatment failure rate among children taking second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART), Thai investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Therapy was

Published
20 April 2015
By
Michael Carter
Kids Who Start HIV Treatment With Low CD4s Largely Regain Them

HIV-positive children who have low CD4 counts when starting treatment by and large experience a rebound to normal levels of those immune cells. After two years on HIV meds, 92 percent of the children achieved a CD4 count of 500 or above. Just nine children (1 percent) experienced an AIDS-defining illness during treatment. Children starting with fewer than 200 CD4 cells/mm3 took 1.29 years to reach a CD4 count over 500 cells/mm3.

Published
07 April 2015
From
AIDSMeds
Week-on, weekend-off treatment controls viral load in young people

Taking an efavirenz-based antiretroviral regimen during the week and taking no medication on two days over the weekend was just as effective as daily treatment in controlling

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Merck places children's HIV drug in shared non-profit patent pool

U.S. drugmaker Merck & Co has contributed an HIV medicine for children to an international shared patent pool in a move that should speed the development of cheap pediatric formulations for use in poor countries.

Published
24 February 2015
From
Reuters
Early antiretroviral treatment reduces seizure risk by two-thirds for children with HIV

Early antiretroviral therapy prevents the development of epilepsy in children with HIV, results of a study conducted in Botswana and published in the online edition of the Journal

Published
18 February 2015
By
Michael Carter
Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Science Daily
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
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