Research & News

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

Knowledge/Attitudes of Nurses Caring for HIV+ Pregnant Women

Apr 30, 2014

OB/GYN nursing and auxiliary staff caring for HIV-positive pregnant women were administered a survey measuring knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) around care of this patient population.  This survey found that these care providers need to improve their KAP when it... Read More

Updated Perinatal Guidelines Available

Mar 28, 2014

The HHS Panel on Treatment of HIV-Infected Pregnant Women and the Prevention of Perinatal Transmission recently updated the Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the... Read More

HIV-Positive Women in the US and Unplanned Pregnancies

Feb 21, 2014

Through use of logistic regression, researchers found that unplanned pregnancies were common among HIV-positive women in care.  They were more likely among those with a low viral load as well as those who had received public assistance in the year prior to their... Read More