Tag Archives: PMTCT

HIV infant diagnosis follow shows challenges to successful program

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In Botswana, where in 2011 more than 30 percent of pregnant women were estimated to have HIV,  rates of mother to child transmission of HIV have dropped in the last decade from as high as 40 percent, to less than 4 percent. Between 2005 and 2012, of more than 10,000 infants exposed to HIV, more […]

Bill calls for U.S. to integrate comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to global efforts

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Imagine if a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health program comprised an integral part of the U.S. global health response. Funding would be authorized and services would be available to build a continuum of care that would promote voluntary family planning information and resources where unmet demand  exists, provide comprehensive sexuality education, link contraceptive services to […]

HIV briefing panelists: Science yielded answers, now is the time to speed their application

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“In 1985, I managed only dying patients,” Dr. Myron Cohen told a packed room in the Russell Senate Office Building today. By 1995 that had changed, he added. In 2013, he continued, people with HIV stay alive and healthy with one pill a day. Cohen, along with fellow panelists Dr. Chris Beyrer, Dr. Laura Guay, […]

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 […]

ART for life looks promising for women of Malawi

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Science Speaks is in Atlanta, Georgia this week and will be live-blogging from the 20th CROI — Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections from Sunday to Wednesday, covering breaking developments from investigators on cure research, new antiretroviral agents, hepatitis, tuberculosis and treatment as prevention. ATLANTA, GA — Striking data on early outcomes from 18 months […]

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 […]

Reports track current progress, pitfalls, funding and gaps of AIDS fight

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On the eve of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s release of the first United States global AIDS response strategy, two reports released in recent days give a look not only of the progress so far, but of the shortfalls the new plan must address. Achieving the End, One Year and Counting, from AVAC, looks at the scientific […]

Blueprint: Bridge the gap between HIV and family planning services

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Heather Boonstra is a senior public policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute. This blog post was adapted for Science Speaks’ Blueprint series, in which clinicians, researchers and advocates address the key elements they would like to see in the Global AIDS response blueprint that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in […]

ID Week: A last look at AIDS, from beginning to end

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SAN DIEGO, CA — Do you remember where you were at the beginning of AIDS? Diane Havlir, who gave ID Week’s final talk on the epidemic, likes to ask that at the start of a talk, although she is increasingly aware that some of the physicians and researchers she is speaking to were children back […]

ID Week: From family planning to HIV-positive pregnancy to growing up with HIV, researchers track challenges, changes

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SAN DIEGO, CA — A trio of presentations on HIV, Women and Child Health this morning told a story of success in preventing transmission of HIV from parents to children in the United States that has yet to be duplicated in developing countries, of options that could make a difference, and, in a look at […]