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Zimbabwe: what will it take to achieve virtual elimination of infant HIV infections?

Efforts to achieve "virtual elimination" of new HIV infections in infants by 2015 could prove highly challenging, according to computer modelling of the situation in

Published
11 January 2012
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Nevirapine and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis safe in HIV-exposed, uninfected infants

Use of nevirapine with cotrimoxazole prophylaxis in HIV-exposed uninfected infants (HIV-EU) until six months of age in Zimbabwe and Uganda was safe with no immediate or long-term adverse effects,

Published
15 December 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
AFRICA: HIV-positive women still confused about infant-feeding choices

The latest guidelines on infant-feeding options for HIV-positive mothers in Africa have not been disseminated in many countries, leaving women dangerously confused about the best nutritional path to protect their children from contracting the virus, a new report shows.

Published
09 December 2011
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IRIN Plus News
Pre-chewed food may pose HIV threat to infants

A new study from South Africa found that more than two-thirds of mothers and other caregivers pre-chew food for their infants -- possibly putting those babies at risk of HIV if the caregiver is HIV-positive.

Published
30 August 2011
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Reuters
Exclusive breastfeeding plan 'impractical'

Doctors in the HIV field and mothers infected with the virus have reacted with scepticism to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's announcement of an "exclusive breastfeeding" policy according to which the government will no longer provide free milk formula to HIV-positive mothers.

Published
26 August 2011
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Mail & Guardian Online
Should Breastfeeding be an Option for HIV Positive Women in Developed Countries?

Women in industrialized countries who are on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) and have undetectable viral load should also be advised that breastfeeding may be an acceptable option, according to an opinion piece by Pamela Morrison, an international board-certified lactation consultant, and colleagues in the August 5, 2011, advance online edition of AIDS.

Published
25 August 2011
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HIVandhepatitis.com
Further evidence that 'breast is best' for children of mothers with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

Early weaning resulted in almost twice as many acute illnesses and hospitalisations among HIV-exposed uninfected infants when compared to infants who continued to be breastfed beyond six months

Published
19 August 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Cotrimoxazole in HIV-exposed but uninfected infants may undermine benefits of breastfeeding; trial needed, say paediatricians

Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis may not provide significant protection against bacterial infections in HIV-exposed but uninfected infants, and may even undermine the health benefits of breastfeeding, according to research from

Published
09 August 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Valaciclovir slows HIV disease progression in pregnant and breastfeeding women

Valaciclovir used to suppress herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) in HIV co-infected pregnant and post-partum women in Nairobi, Kenya, slowed HIV disease progression and reduced viral load in

Published
26 July 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Infant prophylaxis during breastfeeding reduces risk of HIV infection by 71%

Extended use of nevirapine or zidovudine and nevirapine in infants can reduce the risks of HIV transmission through breastmilk by over 70%, Charles van der Horst reported

Published
25 July 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens

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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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