Research/News - 2021

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

Communication About Partner HIV Testing in the U.S.

Apr 13, 2021

This qualitative study in a high HIV prevalence U.S. city explored communication about HIV testing among pregnant HIV-negative women and their male partners. The authors suggest future research is needed to assess specific barriers to male partner HIV testing as an... Read More

Social Vulnerability among Foreign-Born Pregnant Women and Virologic Control of HIV

Feb 05, 2021

This study assessed the relationship between social vulnerability among foreign-born pregnant women living with HIV and maternal viremia during pregnancy. The authors found virologic control during pregnancy to be worse among socially-vulnerable women and recommend closer... Read More

Pregnancy Intention and Viral Suppression Among Pregnant Women with HIV

Feb 05, 2021

This study examines pregnancy intention and its relationship to achieving viral suppression by delivery. The authors found that women with an unintended pregnancy were less likely to be on antiretroviral therapy prior to initiating prenatal care and were less likely to be... Read More