Research & News

IDPH Repeat Third Trimester Testing Letter Distributed

May 02, 2014

On April 30, 2014, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, issued a Dear Colleague letter urging hospitals and medical providers to conduct repeat 3rd trimester testing for all pregnant women throughout the state.  The Hotline supports... Read More

Updated Adult and Adolescent Treatment Guidelines Available

May 01, 2014

The HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents released updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1 Infected Adults and Adolescents. Key additions and revisions to the guidelines include: Addition of a new section on Cost... Read More

Knowledge/Attitudes of Nurses Caring for HIV+ Pregnant Women

Apr 30, 2014

OB/GYN nursing and auxiliary staff caring for HIV-positive pregnant women were administered a survey measuring knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) around care of this patient population.  This survey found that these care providers need to improve their KAP when it... Read More

Updated Perinatal Guidelines Available

Mar 28, 2014

The HHS Panel on Treatment of HIV-Infected Pregnant Women and the Prevention of Perinatal Transmission recently updated the Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the... Read More

HIV-Positive Women and Pregnancy Planning

Feb 21, 2014

Women participating in the HOPES study were asked about their pregnancy desires using a scale comparing unplanned/ambivalent pregnancy versus planned pregnancy.  In this multisite cohort, 23% of women had an unplanned pregnancy, 58% were ambivalent about their pregnancy,... Read More

HIV-Positive Women in the US and Unplanned Pregnancies

Feb 21, 2014

Through use of logistic regression, researchers found that unplanned pregnancies were common among HIV-positive women in care.  They were more likely among those with a low viral load as well as those who had received public assistance in the year prior to their... Read More

Pregnant Women on Medicaid and ARV Use

Feb 21, 2014

In an analysis of Medicaid data, 21% of pregnant HIV-positive women did not have any records of ARV medication dispensing during pregnancy in the period between 2000-2007.  Women who had limited use of health care services were the least likely to have ARV medications. ... Read More

Updated Pediatric Guidelines

Feb 12, 2014

The Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy and Medical Management of HIV-Infected Children (the Panel) recently updated the November 1, 2012, Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Pediatric HIV Infection. Key changes include: Considerations for HIV infection... Read More

Using Financial Incentives to Motivate Perinatally-Infected Youth to Adhere to Medications

Feb 06, 2014

Past research has shown that financial incentives are effective in improving adherence to medication regimines.  Researchers tested this technique with adolescents who were perinatally-infected with HIV and have had poor adherence in the past.  The pilot project showed that... Read More

Current Progress in Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission

Feb 06, 2014

Recent work as a result of a global push from the United Nations has seen reductions of perinatal transmission rates, as well as overall improvement in maternal health.  Continued work, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, is needed to meet the global elimination target of... Read More

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