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Early HIV diagnosis in infants works in Africa, but the technology must spread to save lives

For infants born with HIV, a rapid introduction to necessary treatment is often the lifeline between whether a child will live or die. The recent introduction of a life-saving, point-of-care diagnostic technology in sub-Saharan Africa could become a global solution to preventing infant deaths from HIV.

23 February 2018
HIV-positive, exposed children have worse neurodevelopmental outcomes

Children who are HIV-positive or have been exposed to the virus are at increased risk of having poorer outcomes regarding cognitive and motor development compared with children who are HIV-negative and have not been exposed, according to findings ...

19 February 2018
Pregnancy and infant feeding: Can we say U=U about the risk of passing HIV to an infant?

Can an undetectable viral load eliminate the risk of passing HIV to an infant? This article will examine what we know about the risk of passing HIV through pregnancy, childbirth and infant feeding.

13 February 2018
NIH Begins Large HIV Treatment Study in Pregnant Women

The National Institutes of Health has launched a large international study to compare the safety and efficacy of three antiretroviral treatment regimens for pregnant women living with HIV and the safety of these regimens for their infants. The study will evaluate the current preferred first-line regimen for pregnant women recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and two regimens containing newer antiretroviral drugs that are becoming more widely used.

24 January 2018
NIAID press release
We found ways to shorten the turnaround time for diagnosing babies with HIV

Diagnosing babies with HIV as early as possible is critical. Public health officials have been grappling with this for many years. How can they reduce the time it takes to get newborns’ blood samples to the diagnostic lab and the test results back?

22 January 2018
The Conversation
Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Higher When Mother Has Other STIs

A new study confirms that HIV-infected pregnant women have a higher risk of transmitting the HIV to their infants if the mothers also have another sexually transmitted infection.

16 January 2018
MD Magazine
UNICEF warns, the global HIV response is failing children and adolescents

Unless the HIV response is stepped up, we will not end AIDS in children and adolescents. This is the stark message in a new UNICEF report, released earlier this month.

15 December 2017
People Living with HIV Can Safely Choose Parenthood

A family medicine physician argues for reproductive justice for people living with HIV. "I have seen women who travel hundreds of miles for their pregnancy care because no provider in their community is comfortable pregnant women with HIV. I have seen patients go out of their way for their medical care because they fear disclosure in their community if they see a provider for their HIV care closer to home."

01 December 2017
Second HIV test helps prevent incorrect HIV diagnosis in infants

Confirmatory HIV testing can substantially reduce the number of infants in South Africa who may be falsely diagnosed as HIV-infected and started on unneeded treatment, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine.

22 November 2017
EurekAlert (press release)
No transmissions from breastfeeding in Tanzania cohort from mothers with undetectable viral load

No HIV exposed infants who were negative at birth, whose mothers started ART before delivery, had suppressed viral loads and exclusively breastfed, were HIV positive after breastfeeding, in a rural African cohort.

13 November 2017
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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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