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Strong performance on HIV drugs for mothers doesn't guarantee optimal care for infants, survey shows

The significant increase in access to antiretroviral therapy for all pregnant women living with HIV in Malawi after implementation of Option B+ contrasts with low coverage of

Published
24 July 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
South Africa: Govt Unveils Lifelong ARVs for Pregnant Women

All pregnant, HIV positive women will go onto lifelong antiretroviral treatment from January, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced in his health budget vote yesterday.

Published
24 July 2014
From
AllAfrica
HIV drugs treatment to start earlier - Motsoaledi

South Africa will start treating HIV-positive patients at an earlier stage starting next year, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Wednesday.

Published
23 July 2014
From
Independent Online
Bill Clinton, former US president, tells conference AIDS-free generation is in reach

Mr Clinton said one of the biggest challenges the international community faces was the early detection of HIV.

Published
23 July 2014
From
ABC News
Protease inhibitor therapy doesn't reduce the risk of malaria for HIV-positive pregnant women

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) based on the protease inhibitor lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) does not reduce the risk of malaria among pregnant women living with HIV, research published in the online

Published
17 July 2014
By
Michael Carter
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
Option B+: In obstacle courses to lifelong antiretroviral treatment, hurdles are higher for pregnant women, study says

Work conflicts, hidden HIV status, and bad treatment by staff are among the hurdles keeping women living with HIV from continuing antiretroviral treatment for life following childbirth, according to a article published last month ahead of print in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Published
09 July 2014
From
Science Speaks
The Failure of the ABC Approach to HIV Prevention

For close to 25 years the standard HIV prevention strategy was the ABC sexual behaviour change strategy: Abstain, be Faithful, and use Condoms. Today, this ‘old’ strategy has all but faded into the background, with only condoms remaining on the tick-list of ‘to do’s’. The evidence was clear: New infections continued to rise steadily year after year, regardless of ABC. The 2012 South African Department of Health Antenatal Study confirms this.

Published
08 July 2014
From
Communications Initiative
“I Can Improve Things”: An HIV Peer Counselor in the Dominican Republic

Stigma makes it difficult for HIV-positive pregnant women to ask questions and get the information they need to cope with their diagnosis and navigate treatment. HIV peer counselors play an important role in countering this.

Published
06 June 2014
From
USAID CapacityPlus (blog)
Mother to child transmission of HIV in Latin America: a long walk to equity

Gender and racial inequalities in Latin America continue to hamper efforts to prevent HIV infections in children, where nearly 7,000 are newly infected each year. At a special session on HIV and children at the HIV Drug Therapy 2014 Americas Conference in Rio de Janeiro last month, delegates set the goal to increase antenatal coverage to more than 95 per cent of all pregnant women.

Published
03 June 2014
From
Key Correspondents
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