Research & News


Updated Hotline Guidelines for Infants with Perinatal HIV Exposure

May 16, 2022

The 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline has released updated Best Practices for the Care of Infants with Perinatal Exposure to HIV. Main updates include: Modified criteria for determination of infant risk status NVP dosing for ≥32 to <34 weeks’ gestation at... Read More

Updated Guidance for COVID-19 and People Living with HIV

Feb 25, 2022

The Guidelines Working Groups of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council have released a summary of updates made to their Guidance for COVID-19 and People with HIV since the last publication of this guidance in February 2021. It includes updated recommendations... Read More

Update to COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines for People Living with HIV

Feb 08, 2022

The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel (the Panel) has published a revised version of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Treatment Guidelines. Key changes specific to people with HIV include: The Panel notes that people with advanced or untreated HIV who do not... Read More

Updated Perinatal Guidelines Released

Jan 06, 2022

The HHS Panel on Treatment of HIV During Pregnancy and Prevention of Perinatal Transmission recently updated several sections of the Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs During Pregnancy and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United... Read More

CDC Urges COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnant People

Sep 30, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an urgent health advisory today to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become... Read More

New Training Videos Available

Sep 24, 2021

This series of training/educational videos was adapated from an August 2021 training for 24/7 Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline staff. These short videos address the care of pregnant people living with HIV from pre-conception through the postpartum period. Pre-conception... Read More

Mental Health in Women Living with HIV

Aug 20, 2021

In this review, the authors explore the unique mental health issues faced by women living with HIV and examine the feasibility and outcomes of mental health interventions that have been tested in this population. Citation: Waldron EM, Burnett-Zeigler I, Wee V, Ng YW,... Read More

Third Trimester Repeat HIV Testing: It's Time We Make it Universal

Jun 08, 2021

This clinical opinion piece is the Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline team's call to action for universal repeat third trimester HIV testing as a key strategy toward perinatal HIV elimination. Citation: Cassimatis IR, Ayala LD, Miller ES, Garcia PM, Jao J, Yee LM. Third... Read More

Housing Instability and Virologic Control Among Pregnant Individuals with HIV

Jun 08, 2021

The authors, including many of the clinicians on the Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline, examine the association between housing instability and HIV outcomes in pregnant individuals living with HIV. Citation: Cassimatis IR, Miller ES, Benes L, Levesque J, Yee LM. Housing... Read More

Safety of Early Nevirapine Therapy for Neonates at High Risk for Perinatal HIV Infection

Apr 13, 2021

This study examined the pharmacokinetics and safety of nevirapine for use in the early neonatal period. The authors found that nevirapine at the dose studied was confirmed to be safe, and that the data support nevirapine as a component of presumptive HIV treatment in high... Read More