Research & News

Perinatal Transmission Higher in Women with Incident HIV

Oct 22, 2014

A meta-analysis done by researchers in Washington found that the pooled perinatal transmission rate was 22.7% among pregnant and postpartum women worldwide with incident HIV, which is 2.8-fold higher than women with chronic HIV infection.  This is significant for the... Read More

Flu Vaccine, Pregnancy, and HIV

Sep 30, 2014

A randomized controlled trial conducted in South Africa looked at women both with and without HIV who received the flu vaccine.  The vaccine proved to be effective (providing partial protection against influenza) in both women with HIV and women without HIV.  ... Read More

"Mississippi Baby" Shows Detectable Levels of HIV

Aug 08, 2014

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the child known as the "Mississippi Baby" - an infant seemingly cured of HIV that was reported as a case study of a prolonged remission of HIV infection in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall—now has detectable... Read More

Repeat Third Trimester HIV Testing Uptake

Jul 01, 2014

Acceptability and feasibility of third trimester repeat HIV testing was explored following two documented cases of HIV seroconversion during pregnancy. Researchers found that most women were amenable to repeat third trimester HIV testing with the acceptance rate at 97.1... Read More

Review of HIV Screening in Hospital Labor and Deliveries

Jun 01, 2014

In order to estimate prenatal HIV screening rates prior to and on admission to labor and delivery as well as review hospital policies around these practices, researchers conducted a survey of hospitals and maternal/infant medical records in 2006.  At that time, only 36%... Read More

Challenges Towards Elimination of Perinatal HIV in the US

May 30, 2014

Although perinatal HIV transmission is nearly zero in many groups throughout the United States, there are still those groups that are seeing consistently high rates of transmission.  Researchers looked at HIV-exposed infants referred for follow-up care over a seven year... Read More

HIV Prevention for Heterosexual Black Women

May 30, 2014

This article describes the development, evaluation and dissemination by the CDC of SisterLove, Inc.'s program Healthy Love.  This program is designed to reduce HIV and sexually transmitted disease related risk behaviors among heterosexual black women in the south.  After a... Read More

Revised HIV Surveillance Case Definition

May 30, 2014

The CDC and The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists have revised and combined the surveillance case definitions for HIV infection into a single case definition for persons of all ages and includes the most recent laboratory criteria and multitest algorithms... Read More

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