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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
HIV—Pregnancy-related issues

Themed issue of CATIE's magazine Treatment Update, with several articles on the safety of antiretrovirals during pregnancy.

Published
20 January 2015
From
CATIE
Vertical transmission of HCV: The next big treatment frontier

Novel antiviral therapies with overwhelmingly positive sustained virologic response rates have dominated headlines in hepatitis C virus for the past few years, but many experts said eradication efforts may never completely succeed until the clinical community deals with mother-to-baby transmission of the disease.

Published
20 January 2015
From
EATG
Number of babies born with HIV declined 78% in Latin America and the Caribbean, says new PAHO/WHO report

In 2013, 2,300 babies were born with HIV in the region, down from 10,700 in 2001

Published
17 December 2014
From
PAHO / WHO
UNICEF: 1.1 million HIV infections in children averted

An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.

Published
02 December 2014
From
UNICEF
NIH-sponsored study identifies superior drug regimen for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

For HIV-infected women in good immune health, taking a three-drug regimen during pregnancy prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission more effectively than taking one drug during pregnancy, another during labor and two more after giving birth, an international clinical trial has found. The ongoing PROMISE (Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere) study also has found that one triple-drug regimen for preventing mother-to-child transmission may be safer than another for women and their babies.

Published
18 November 2014
From
National Institutes of Health press release
NIH Trial Tests Very Early Anti-HIV Therapy in HIV-Infected Newborns

​A new clinical trial is exploring whether giving anti-HIV therapy soon after birth to infants who became infected with HIV in the womb leads to remission of the virus, enabling the children eventually to stop treatment for an extended time period. The trial aims to build on the case of the 'Mississippi Baby'.

Published
05 November 2014
From
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) press release
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