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Multiple strategies for safer conception need to incorporate couples' preferences

Misunderstandings about serodiscordance and limited understanding of female fertility and male insemination are barriers to couples in serodiscordant partnerships in attempting to practice safer conception methods, according to

Published
03 July 2015
By
Lesley Odendal
South Africa: Lower coverage of maternal HIV testing among adolescents leading to higher mother-to-child transmission

Adolescents have lower coverage of HIV testing and subsequent prevention of mother-to-child (PMTCT) services and significantly higher early vertical transmission rates compared with adults, according to findings from

Published
01 July 2015
By
Lesley Odendal
Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization says.

Published
01 July 2015
From
BBC Health
What Preventing HIV in Babies Can Tell Us about Preventing HIV in Adults

Between 1991 and 2010, a massively successful public health strategy reduced the number of babies born in the U.S. with HIV from over 1500 in a year to just over 150. Those engaged in the fight against HIV should look to and learn from the successes and experiences of perinatal HIV transmission prevention efforts.

Published
29 June 2015
From
BETA blog
Antibody response linked to lower mother-to-child HIV transmission

How most babies are protected from acquiring HIV from their infected mothers has been a matter of scientific controversy. Now researchers at Duke Medicine provide new data identifying an antibody response that had long been discounted as inadequate to confer protection.

Published
09 June 2015
From
Duke University press release
Many South African women become infected with HIV during pregnancy posing high risk of transmission to their infants

There is a high risk of HIV seroconversion during pregnancy for women in South Africa, investigators report in the online journal PLOS One. The study involved approximately 10,000

Published
01 June 2015
By
Michael Carter
7-country study shows triple-drug combination superior for preventing infant HIV infection

Implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of three-drug antiretroviral treatment during pregnancy leads to a significantly lower rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission, a 7-country randomised study has

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Breastfeeding mothers often undiagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa

A large proportion of women in sub-Saharan Africa who are at high risk of transmitting HIV to their infants during breastfeeding are likely still to be undiagnosed,

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
New clues about viral rebound in Mississippi child thought cured of HIV

Clinicians involved in the care of a child many once hoped was cured of HIV have published details about the case in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors found that the virus that eventually returned after the girl had been off antiretroviral therapy for more than 2 years was identical to her mother's viral strain. The case shows that HIV establishes a viral reservoir very soon after infection. Starting antiretroviral treatment a day after birth was not enough to prevent viral rebound, though it did appear to allow prolonged remission.

Published
23 February 2015
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
War-Torn Ukraine Facing AIDS Care 'Disaster'

Unicef warns of a healthcare "disaster" as political turmoil means many HIV-positive mothers are unable to access vital drugs.

Published
09 February 2015
From
Sky News
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