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Young adults who were infected at birth: the complexities of lifelong HIV are increasingly apparent

Although 85% of young adults who take antiretroviral therapy have an undetectable viral load, the complexities and complications of lifelong HIV infection are becoming increasingly apparent, researchers told

11 April 2011
Roger Pebody
More families are adopting HIV-positive children

While most adoptions present challenges, there's a distinctive set of them facing parents who decide to adopt children living with HIV. A twice-daily medication regimen, lingering prejudice and fear, uncertainty about the child's longevity and marriage prospects.

03 April 2011
The Seattle Times
Understanding the needs of adolescents living with HIV in Zambia

With growing numbers of adolescents living with HIV in Zambia there are concerns that their psychosocial, sexual health and reproductive health needs are not being met.

29 March 2011
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
UK: New support camp for HIV-positive teenagers

A new support camp for HIV-positive 13-17 year olds living in the UK, which was held for the first time last summer, was an overwhelmingly positive experience for the children involved, according to an evaluation carried out by Sigma Research.

28 March 2011
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
KENYA: Integration of maternal, HIV services shows results

Nabwire's maternal and child health clinic has started providing HIV services and maternal health services under the same roof, making it more comfortable for her to get treatment for herself and her child.

24 February 2011
IRIN Plus News
South Africa: Early Disclosure to Children Could Be Best

Disclosing your child's HIV status to them can be a difficult thing to do for a caregiver, but it's probably the best thing you would have done for them. According to the Wits Institute for Health HIV and Related Diseases, disclosure has incredible benefits.

15 February 2011
South Africa: HIV-positive youth find it hard to cope with loss

HIV-POSITIVE youth often find it hard to cope with their condition if they have lost close family due to the infection.

11 February 2011
Thai children: Fighting chronic conditions with a laugh

''It takes much more than drugs to treat a child with HIV,'' said Dr Pope Kosalaraksa. ''Providing treatment for children with HIV is about unfolding their inner problems and making them believe they will live, not die.''

08 February 2011
Bangkok Post
South Africa: Bereavement Hinders Progress of HIV Positive Youth -

HIV-positive youth often find it hard to cope with their condition if they have lost close family due to the infection.

07 February 2011
Google Alerts HIV
ZAMBIA: Don’t ignore the children of sex workers

A small but growing body of research has suggested that the children of sex workers face a range of HIV risks including early sexual debut, low school enrolment, parental abandonment and psychological issues, including social marginalization, related to their mothers’ work.

10 January 2011
IRIN Plus News

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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