Research & News

Breastfeeding With Maternal ARV Therapy in Resource-Limited Settings

Nov 15, 2009

In a study of HIV-infected pregnant women in Rwanda, maternal HAART while breastfeeding was associated with a low risk of postnatal HIV transmission. This risk was similar to the formula feeding cohort. This approach may offer a culturally appropriate alternative to formula... Read More

Need for Improved Integration of STD/HIV and Contraceptive Services

Nov 12, 2009

An analysis of data from a 2002 CDC survey revealed a documented need for improved integration of contraceptive services with STD/HIV services. Investigators estimated that 35% of single young sexually active women who received contraceptive services were not offered... Read More

Impressive Gains in HIV Testing During Pregnancy in a Diverse Insured Population

Nov 12, 2009

This study examined the HIV testing rate in a racially and ethnically diverse insured population delivering at Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals from 1997-2006. The rate of HIV testing during this period increased from 77.6% in 1997 to 91% in 2006. Citation:... Read More

Use of the Rapid HIV Test for Third Trimester Screening

Nov 12, 2009

A study conducted in an ambulatory obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Philadelphia, PA revealed that 95% of women agreed to be rescreened with a rapid HIV test in the third trimester of pregnancy. Of the participants, 91% reported the rapid HIV test was less stressful than... Read More

New Dosing Recommendations for HIV-Infected Infants

Nov 05, 2009

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved revised pediatric dosing recommendations for zidovudine that expand dosing to include children starting treatment at four weeks of age. To read the FDA notification, click here.

Full Results of AIDS Vaccine Trial Now Available

Oct 22, 2009

The full results of a landmark AIDS vaccine trial conducted in Thailand confirm that the vaccine offered limited success in protecting recipients from HIV. For more information, click here.

NIH Starting H1N1 Vaccine Trial in Pregnant Women with HIV

Oct 15, 2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are funding a clinical trial of the H1N1 vaccine in pregnant women with HIV to determine its effectiveness in women with weakend immune systems from the HIV virus. The trial will involve a higher than normal dose of the vaccine to... Read More

HIV Vaccine Study Shows Promising Results

Sep 28, 2009

A new HIV vaccine regimen that was tested among more than 16,000 young adults in Thailand showed some preventive effect against HIV infection. Click to view the press release.

Obstetric and Newborn Outcomes in HIV-Infected Women Receiving HAART

Sep 17, 2009

A recent study examined perinatal outcomes in HIV-infected women receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) compared with the general population. HIV-positive women were found to be at higher risk for preterm birth and lower birthweight infants. Additionally,... Read More

Maternal ART Reduces Transmission of HIV Through Breast Feeding

Sep 01, 2009

A study recently presented at the 2009 International AIDS Society conference found that in a breast feeding population of women in Botswana, the rate of mother-to-child transmission was 1% among women who received ART through six months postpartum. The study authors... Read More