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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.

Published
22 November 2017
From
EurekAlert (press release)
Health problems may increase as young people infected with HIV at birth get older

A Massachusetts General Hospital study has found that US youth infected with HIV around the time of their birth are at higher risk throughout their adolescence and young adulthood for experiencing serious health problems, poor control of the HIV virus or death.

Published
29 March 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Point-of-care test improves infant HIV diagnosis rate, treatment starts and retention in care

Using a point-of-care test to diagnose HIV in infants significantly improved retention in care, speeded up antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation and increased the proportion of infants who

Published
14 February 2017
By
Keith Alcorn
Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis provides no benefit for HIV-exposed uninfected children

Challenging current guidelines, prolonged use of cotrimoxazole (CTX) may not be necessary for HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) children in low mortality, non-malarial settings with low risk for late mother-to-child

Published
25 February 2016
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
One in eight children with confirmed TB have drug-resistant TB in Cape Town

One in eight children with confirmed TB have drug-resistant TB in Cape Town, South Africa, according to a surveillance study of childhood TB drug-resistance, presented by Professor

Published
05 January 2016
By
Lesley Odendal
How schools are getting it wrong on HIV and Aids

Children have been humiliated in school and even excluded because many teachers are still badly informed.

Published
24 November 2015
From
The Guardian
Children With HIV More Likely to Die of Malaria

Children infected with H.I.V. appear much more likely than those who are not to die with severe malaria, a new study has found. It may make sense to give these children malaria drugs protectively, the authors said.

Published
01 October 2015
From
New York Times
Young woman stays undetectable for twelve years off treatment after early HIV therapy

The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) heard today of a case where a young woman, who was infected with

Published
21 July 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Science Daily
Adolescents born with HIV must be told their status

Petronella Sampa Nsomfwa was born with HIV, but wasn't told of her status by her parents before they died. On the launch of a new report she calls on families to be open with their adolescent children about their HIV status.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Key Correspondents
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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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