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Posted 13 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 – Churches and other faith-based centers are good locations to offer HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women in isolated areas of sub-Saharan Africa, a new study shows. Worldwide, about 87 percent of pregnant women with HIV and more than 90 percent of children with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, according to UNAIDS, a United Nations health care program that targets HIV and AIDS. Researchers found that pregnant women in hard-to-reach and rural areas of Nigeria who were offered prenatal screening for diseases such as HIV, malaria and syphilis at a monthly church-run baby shower (part of a program called the Healthy Beginning Initiative) were 11 times more likely to get tested for HIV than those who were encouraged to get routine HIV testing at local health facilities. The study was published Oct. 14 in the The Lancet Global Health. Even though simple, ... Read more
Posted 18 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – HIV hid deep inside a young Mississippi girl born with the virus who suffered a disappointing relapse last July, after more than two years in which she appeared to have been cured by early, aggressive drug treatment, her doctors report. They now know that the girl's HIV was dormant all that time – not simply percolating undetected – because tests have shown that her recurring virus was an exact match to her mother's HIV, said the girl's pediatrician, Dr. Hannah Gay, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson. "It appears that the virus had been dormant all of those many months and years, because there's no evidence of diversity that would have been detected if low-level viral activity had been going on," she explained. Despite the setback, Gay and her colleagues believe that all babies born with HIV should receive the same rapid medical ... Read more