Research & News

Preterm Delivery Among Women on ARVs

Nov 14, 2014

Researchers looked retrospectively at delivery records from HIV-positive women who delivered between 1996 and 2010 to determine if use of ARVs during pregnancy contributed to preterm delivery.  These results showed some correlation between the use of ARVs and the... Read More

New Study Tests Early ARVs in HIV-Infected Infants

Nov 03, 2014

The NIH announced that the IMPAACT group will be starting a new clinical trial, IMPAACT P1115, which will look at the administration of HIV ARVs immediately after birth to infected infants can lead to remission of the virus.  This research was prompted by the finding in... Read More

Use of Text Messages to Support Pregnant, HIV-Positive Women Increased Infant Testing

Oct 22, 2014

A randomized controlled trial in sub-Saharan Africa looked at the use of text messaging to keep mothers in care postpartum and increase rates of infant HIV testing. Those women who received text messages during and after pregnancy had significantly higher rates of early... Read More

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