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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.

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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."

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01 December 2017
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Poz
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.

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22 November 2017
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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.

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13 November 2017
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HIV i-Base
Women With HIV Breast-feed in Secret

Current guidelines recommend that women with HIV avoid breast-feeding, but some do so without advising their physician and without monitoring for the safety of their baby. However, when a woman has an undetectable viral load, the risk is minimal, according to some specialists.

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08 November 2017
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Strong maternal antibodies for HIV ineffective for protecting infants from HIV

HIV+ mothers who possess a strong neutralizing antibody response may be more likely to pass the virus on to her infant through breast feeding. In addition, infants born to mothers with a strong antibody response are significantly more likely to have a serious illness or death, regardless of whether or not they acquire the virus.

Published
01 November 2017
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Eurekalert Medicine & Health
The Best Antiretroviral Therapy for Pregnant Women? The Controversy Continues

There's considerable controversy in an area of HIV medicine that one would think should be all but solved by now. It's what HIV treatment we should give pregnant women.

Published
18 October 2017
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The Body PRO
Breast-feeding by Women With HIV Disputed

A controversy being debated around the world — whether women living with HIV should breast-feed — was in the spotlight here at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition.

Published
25 September 2017
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Medscape (free registration required)
BHIVA response to BMJ article on ART in pregnant women living with HIV

We do not support recommendations of "ART in pregnant women living with HIV: a clinical practice guideline" (BMJ, 11/9/17). Other systematic reviews and numerous observational studies show tenofovir to be safe in HIV in pregnancy.

Published
25 September 2017
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BHIVA
Alice Welbourn: WHO and the rights of women living with HIV

A recent set of articles on HIV in pregnancy, published by The BMJ and BMJ Open, raises concerns that some combination anti-retroviral therapies (cARTs) may harm babies. This highlights the need for changes to current WHO practice towards pregnant women living with HIV, which is no doubt well-intentioned but ill thought-out.

Published
12 September 2017
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BMJ Opinion
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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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