Category Archives: PMTCT

Study: In Malawi lifelong antiretroviral treatment for expectant moms “translates into saving more than 250,000 maternal life years”

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One or two years ago, the idea was radical for low-resource settings: Provide antiretroviral treatment for life for all women who were pregnant and HIV positive, thus protecting the health not only of the infants on the way, but of their future siblings, and of the mothers themselves, as well as their partners. Since 2010 […]

Groups seek recognition of global health response “secret weapon”

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When people talk about the how life-saving medicine finally made it to poor countries, how tuberculosis patients far from clinics finished grueling treatment courses, and how 50 million or so newborns made it past infancy over the last 20 years because their mothers, and they, got the treatment they needed, the talk is often of […]

Survey Says: HIV treatment scale up not so impressive in 23 countries

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Much still needs to be done to get treatment to those who need it and to meet the UNAIDS-endorsed goal to achieve universal access by 2015, according to a new survey examining 25 HIV indicators assessing strategies, tools and policies to get the best HIV treatment to more people, sooner. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) released […]

U.S. government sets December 1 deadline to release blueprint to end AIDS

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AIDS organizations respond to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech and proposed blueprint

The U.S. government will be releasing an “AIDS-Free Generation Blueprint” detailing their plans to bring an end to the AID pandemic before the next World AIDS Day – Dec. 1, 2012 – according to a speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington…

PEPFAR recommends integrating international TB screening guidelines into prevention of mother to child HIV transmission work

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Pointing to mounting evidence of the impact of tuberculosis on the health of pregnant women and their children, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief is recommending improvements to efforts to detect the disease in settings offering health services to pregnant women, women with HIV, newborns, and children. “Recent studies have shown that HIV-infected pregnant […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]

CDC weighs in: contraceptive hormones look safe for HIV-exposed, infected — but use condoms, too

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It was a global health Catch-22: Women’s ability to prevent unintended pregnancies is pivotal to the fight against HIV, but researchers had deduced that one of the most widely used and effective methods of contraception in areas hardest hit by the epidemic could increase transmission of the virus. Research released last year, following earlier studies […]

Global Fund countries respond to realities, make more of their money

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Facing uncertain future funding, countries receiving grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria have used what they know about their own epidemics to redirect money to programs where it will have its greatest impact, the latest edition of Aidspan’s Global Fund Observer reports. The Fund has encouraged the effort during renewal […]

UN: World will fall short of ambitious 2015 HIV/AIDS goals

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The United Nations (UN) General Assembly gave some bad news Monday – the 2015 global HIV/AIDS targets will not be met unless there is significant scale up in several areas. The targets were set by the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV and AIDS. The declaration was adopted […]

Evaluating the options: Elimination of pediatric infection and treatment as prevention

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Chewe Luo, a senior adviser for UNICEF, discussed efforts to eliminate vertical HIV transmission from the perspective of treatment as prevention at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop on Wednesday in Vancouver. She acknowledged that the maternal and child health platform could be a very effective entry point for treatment as prevention and for the […]