Research & News

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

Next HIV-Specific Prenatal Classes Begin June 2015

Apr 28, 2015

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

Use of Tenofovir for PrEP in Women in Africa

Apr 16, 2015

A randomized, controlled trial that was part of the VOICE study compared oral tenofovir, tenofovir-emtricitabine combo, and tenofovir vaginal gel in efficacy for preexposure prophylaxis in African women.  During the trial, adherence to medication regimen was low and... Read More

What Influences a Detectable Viral Load at Delivery?

Apr 16, 2015

Pregnant women who initiated HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) during pregnancy do not always achieve an undetectable viral load prior to delivery.  This cohort study looked at the frequency with which women had a detectable viral load at delivery and the... Read More

ARV Exposure In Utero and Congenital Anomaly Risk

Apr 16, 2015

Researchers in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study's Surveillance Monitoring of ART Toxicities (SMARTT) project found overall a low absolute risk of congenital anomalies resulting from in utero exposure to ARVs.  This shows an ongoing benefit of continuing to use ARVs for... Read More

Characteristics of Patients Undergoing Preconception Counseling

Apr 16, 2015

Couples who are both HIV sero-concordant and sero-discordant utilize preconception counseling to achieve pregnancy.  This study looked at the characteristics and issues of those seeking preconception counseling.  HIV-positive women (whether single or part of a couple)... Read More

AZT and Heart Defects in Children

Apr 16, 2015

Researchers from the French Perinatal Cohort study examined exposure to zidovudine (AZT) in utero and occurrence of congenital heart defects in those children who are HIV-negative.  Among the study population, exposure to AZT during the first trimester of pregnancy was... Read More