Research & News

Use of ART Prior to Conception Results in No Perinatal Transmission

Jul 27, 2015

Researchers with the French Perinatal Cohort (ANRS-EPF) determined that perinatal HIV transmission rate in their population was zero for women who were on ART prior to conception, continued throughout pregnancy and had an undetectable viral load at delivery. For women who... Read More

Next HIV-specific Prenatal Classes Begin July 2015

Jul 15, 2015

The next series of PACPI's HIV-specific prenatal classes have been scheduled for July/August 2015.  Please see the attached flyer for the class and call 312-334-0971 to enroll your clients and patients.

PrEP Opportunity for Providers and Patients

Jun 16, 2015

PrEPception is a research study at Northwestern University aimed at expanding conception options for serodiscordant couples. The observational study will examine the acceptability and feasability of PrEP for conception in HIV serodiscordant couples

Cancer Risk Amongst Children with HIV Exposure Perinatally

Jun 12, 2015

Researchers reviewed cancer rates in New Jersey children who were given ARVs as a result of HIV exposure compared those who were not given ARVs. Rates of cancer were not significantly higher in those children that were administered ARVs and were not different than can be... Read More

HIV Screening for Women in Prenatal Care

Jun 05, 2015

Among women enrolled in Medicaid and insured privately, prenatal screening for syphilis and and hepatitis B were over 96% while screening for HIV was approximately 82% for women on Medicaid and approximately 85% for privately-insured women.  In addition, screening for... Read More

Using Modeling to Determine Efficacy of Interventions to Prevent Perinatal HIV

Jun 01, 2015

Using modeling of both intra-partum and in-utero transmission of HIV, the effect of various antiretroviral treatments (AZT monotherapy, AZT plus single dose of nevirapine, AZT plus 3TC) were analyzed to help prevent transmission.  Modeling found that even single dose... Read More

ACOG Releases Expanded Recommendations for HIV Testing

May 29, 2015

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released Committee Opinion 635 Prenatal and Perinatal Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing: Expanded Recommendations providing updated recommendations for HIV testing of pregnant women.

HIV, Pregnancy and Mental Health

May 15, 2015

This literature review looked at the mental health variables from studies involving HIV-positive women both during pregnancy and postpartum. Globally, it was found that mental health issues, especially depression, are prevalent in HIV-positive women and can adversely... Read More

Infant HIV Testing and Experiences of Mothers

May 15, 2015

HIV-infected women are informed at/or prior to delivery that their infants will have to undergo serial testing to determine if they have contracted HIV.  This process can bring up a variety of feelings and experiences for mothers, not limited to anxiety and guilt. In a... Read More

Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV and Preterm Birth

May 08, 2015

Researchers at Emory University studied HIV-positive women who delivered in Atlanta for effects on perinatal outcomes as a result of co-infection with other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Women in the study had a higher risk of preterm birth if they were HIV-... Read More