Research/News - 2011

Additional Infant Medication Further Reduces Perinatal HIV Transmission

Mar 07, 2011

National Institues of Health (NIH) study findings recently presented at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) found that adding nevirapine or 3TC/nelfinavir to the standard AZT treatment protocol reduced the chances by more than 50% that an... Read More

Promising Results for Preventing HIV MTCT in Resource-Limited Settings

Mar 07, 2011

Two recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and summarized here in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, describe promising approaches to reducing HIV MTCT in the developing world. The first study conducted at antenatal clinics in Malawi examined... Read More

Extended Drug Regimen Cuts HIV Risk for Breastfeeding Infants

Mar 06, 2011

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study presented at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston found that breastfeeding infants receiving daily nevirapine for six months had lower rates of HIV transmission by age 6 months than... Read More

Positive HIV Test Results in Pregnant Women

Feb 28, 2011

A recent study of HIV testing in pregnant women found that false positive HIV EIA results were rare and occurred less frequently in pregnant women. However, pregnant women with reactive EIAs were more likely to have negative and indeterminate Western blot results due to... Read More

Maternal HIV Infection and Infant Antibody Levels

Feb 22, 2011

This article explores the ways in which altered immune responses might influence the high morbidity and mortality observed in HIV-exposed uninfected infants. The authors found that among South African infants, there were lower specific antibody responses at birth as... Read More

Success of Rapid Testing in IL Presented at Recent Conference

Feb 14, 2011

Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline staff member Amy Wong, MD, recently presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine annual meeting in San Francisco. Her poster described the successful outcomes of rapid HIV testing implementation in all birthing hospitals in Illinois.

Updated STD Treatment Guidelines Now Available

Jan 05, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. These guidelines update the 2006 Guidelines. To view the updated guidelines, click here.

HIV Testing & Screening Cost and Reimbursement Toolkit Now Available

Jan 05, 2011

The Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) now offers an online toolkit for HIV testing and screening that includes cost and reimbursement tools to assit clinical managers and individual practitioners in starting or expanding an HIV screening or diagnostic testing... Read More

Updated STD Treatment Guidelines Now Available

Jan 05, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated their guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. These guidelines update the 2006 Guidelines. To view the updated guidelines, click here.

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