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New study seeks to emulate results of the Mississippi baby

18 June, 2014

The US National Institute of Health (NIH) is beginning a study to ascertain whether an aggressive treatment regime started soon after birth can effectively cure an infant of HIV. The global study is hoping to emulate the case of the ‘Mississippi baby’, who gained notoriety in 2013 after being functionally cured of HIV – a state where a very small amount of the virus is present, but is unable to replicate.

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Pitfalls of WHO TasP recommendations for discordant couples

13 June, 2014

Researchers set out to assess how many people living with HIV would benefit from World Health Organisation 2013 antiretroviral treatment recommendations regarding serodiscordant couples based on their relationship status and the HIV status of their partner.

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Ignorance and prejudice continue to fuel HIV epidemic

9 June, 2014

Lord Norman Fowler, eminent spokesperson on the global AIDS response and former Member of Parliament in the UK, highlights the role that ignorance and prejudice play in holding back a comprehensive response to HIV and AIDS in many parts of the world in his new book. 'AIDS: Don’t die of Prejudice' outlines the steps that we must take to turn the tide on ignorance and prejudice to stop the HIV and AIDS epidemic in its tracks.

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Access to midwife services woefully inadequate

5 June, 2014

Access to midwife services are woefully inadequate across 73 low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, despite these countries being home to 96 percent of global maternal and newborn deaths. These findings were published this week in the UNFPA State of the World’s Midwifery 2014: a universal pathway, a woman’s right to health report, and highlight the urgent need for greater investment in midwife services.

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Older children face testing barriers in high prevalence settings

28 May, 2014

New study explores some of the barriers to provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling (PITC) for older children in high prevalence settings. The research looked at a cohort of children aged 6 to 15 in Zimbabwe to assess provision and uptake of PITC. Findings indicate there are many barriers to reaching older children with testing where early detection of mother-to-child transmission may have been missed.

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ART adherence higher among youth in Africa than North America

21 May, 2014

Adolescents and young people (AYA) aged 12 – 24 in Africa and Asia are more likely to be adherent to antiretroviral therapy (ART) than their counterparts in North America and Europe, according to research published in AIDS this week.

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New US guidelines for PrEP target groups

16 May, 2014

Truvada was licensed in the US as an HIV prevention measure for at-risk HIV-negative people in July 2012, however, this approval of PrEP by the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) was not accompanied by clear guidelines on priority groups to be prescribed the drug. New PrEP guidelines have now been released to clarify key target groups.

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HIV criminalisation bill passed in Uganda

13 May, 2014

Ugandan HIV activists are angered with news that an HIV criminalisation bill has been passed by parliament this week. If signed into law by the president, the bill will criminalise deliberate transmission of HIV, in a move that is seen as a significant step away from a rights-based approach to combatting the HIV epidemic.

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