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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
Ongoing challenges in providing PMTCT in Kenya and Malawi

Ongoing systemic issues are affecting the implementation of the 2010 World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes in Kenya, according to a study

Published
24 January 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Health systems, not family factors, most crucial in PMTCT outcomes, Kenyan study shows

Women who learn of their HIV infection during pregnancy are at higher risk of vertical transmission of HIV than those who previously knew their status, according to

Published
17 December 2013
By
Lesley Odendal
For women, HIV treatment based on atazanavir/ritonavir involves twice the risk of failure compared to efavirenz-containing therapy

Treatment outcomes differ between women taking first-line antiretroviral therapy based on ritonavir-boosted atazanavir and efavirenz, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
04 December 2013
By
Michael Carter
Lucy Chesire: Here I Am: Pledging Conference raises historic 12 billion for Global Fund's work through 2016

Since July 2012, the Here I Am Campaign has been receiving stories from communities around the world, whose lives have been greatly impacted by the Global fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We initially set a goal to get 80 videos from around the world; we were overwhelmed by the responses.

Published
04 December 2013
From
Huffington Post
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