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Mothers starting antiretrovirals in Malawi lost from care more frequently, revealing weaknesses in Option B+ implementation

Although Malawi’s policy of offering lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) to women living with HIV who are pregnant or breastfeeding resulted in a sevenfold increase in women

Published
30 July 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
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
Could HIV treatment mean safer sex?

A meta-analysis of every study that has looked at the sexual behaviour of people after starting HIV treatment has found not a single instance of so-called

Published
24 July 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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
Marriage a Barrier to ARV treatment for Swazi Women (part two of a series on Option B+)

This is the second in a three-part series of about women and Option B+ in Africa. "Although Swazi women have better health-seeking behaviour than men, they find it hard to deal with HIV because of socio-cultural barriers, says the study. Many HIV positive married women live in a dilemma between obeying their husbands or following the advice of the health workers."

Published
05 June 2014
From
IPS
Standard HIV treatment achieves high concentrations in female genital tract and suppresses shedding of virus

Standard antiretroviral therapy containing tenofovir, FTC and atazanavir achieves high concentrations in the female genital tract and suppresses HIV replication throughout the menstrual cycle, US investigators report

Published
01 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
Efavirenz-based ART matches lopinavir/ritonavir for perinatal HIV treatment

Pregnant women taking efavirenz-based antiretroviral therapy had significantly better virologic outcomes at the time of delivery compared to those taking lopinavir/ritonavir in a randomised study in rural

Published
12 March 2014
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Heart attack risk in people with HIV may be falling – but not in women

A number of studies at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) examined whether people with HIV had an elevated risk of heart attack and

Published
10 March 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Malnutrition decreases effectiveness of HIV treatment in pregnant African women

In Uganda the prescription of three antiretroviral drugs, which aim to suppress the virus to prevent disease progression, have resulted in huge reductions in HIV mortality rates. However, disease is not the only scourge in Uganda, and a new study in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology explores the impact food insecurity may have on treating pregnant women.

Published
19 February 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters

Wakonyo and her baby benefitted from Kenya’s successful drive to extend PMTCT, which nearly halved new infections among children between 2009 and 2011. But, worryingly, the drive is losing impetus. PMTCT coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Published
29 January 2014
From
Inter Press Service
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