Research & News

Serodiscordant Couples and Safe Insemenation Procedures

May 31, 2013

This study evaluated the effectiveness of semen washing for interuterine insemination in serodiscordant couples where the man is HIV-positive.  Researchers confirmed that no HIV infection occurred as a result of this method of IUI and thus consider this a safe option for... Read More

Use of Fourth-Generation Rapid HIV Tests for Diagnosis in Children

May 31, 2013

Fourth-generation HIV rapid tests have been shown not to be effective in diagnosing HIV in infants with a p24 antigen specificity of <2%.  Although sample sizes were small, researchers do not feel they can recommend the use of the 4th generation rapid tests for diagnosis... Read More

HIV Status Disclosure and Pregnancy

May 30, 2013

Often disclosure of HIV status is studied as a dichotomous variable - either yes, disclosed or no, did not disclose.  In wanting to learning more about the process and barriers to disclosure, researchers underwent a qualitative analysis of the experience of disclosure of... Read More

Emergency Pharmacy Support Now Available

May 13, 2013

The Illinois Perinatal HIV Hotline and the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) have partnered with Walgreen's/C&M Specialty Pharmacy to offer emergency support for the provision of pediatric HIV prophylactic medication. This support aims to ensure that... Read More

Serodiscordance and Disclosure in Southwestern US

Apr 30, 2013

The prevalence of HIV-positive pregnant women in serodiscordant relationships has not been quantified to this point.  Researchers looked at the patient population of a women's HIV program in Texas to determine not only rates of this type of relationship but also whether or... Read More

CDC Offers Guidance on ART and Its Effects on Sexual Transmission of HIV

Apr 15, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a fact sheet regarding the effect of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on risk of sexual transmission of HIV infection and superinfection. It summarizes recent data and discusses the implications of these data to... Read More

New Report Released on Women and HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Apr 14, 2013

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation documents the history and current state of HIV/AIDS among women in the United States. The report includes a history of HIV/AIDS among women, the current epidemic and key trends, and knowledge and attitudes about HIV/AIDS. To... Read More

Risk Factors for Perinatal HIV

Mar 31, 2013

Researchers looked at a variety of risk factors, both virus-based and host-based (either maternal or fetal/neonatal).  This literature review shows that there are a variety of risk factors that come into play for mother-to-child transmission, including maternal genetics,... Read More

Toddler Functionally Cured of HIV Infection

Mar 03, 2013

A two year-old child born with HIV infection and treated with antiretroviral drugs beginning in the first days of life no longer has detectable levels of virus using conventional testing despite not taking HIV medications for 10 months. These findings, presented at the 2013... Read More

Risks of Mother-to-Child Transmission from Non-Disclosure of HIV Status

Feb 28, 2013

Researchers from the French Perinatal Cohort study found that women who did not disclose their HIV-positive status to their partners during pregnancy had a less than optimal experience with perinatal HIV prevention.  Although disclosure status did not result in additional... Read More