Research & News

HIV Stigma and Adherence to Medications

Sep 09, 2016

Researchers from the WIHS (Women's Interagency HIV Study) analyzed reports of internalized stigma around HIV and adherence to HIV medications. For those women who reported suboptimal medication adherence, internalized stigma resulted in a perception of less social support... Read More

Women's Health Care and Promotion of PrEP for HIV Prevention

Sep 09, 2016

Providers should have the discussion around HIV prevention with all sexually active female patients and should include preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as part of that discussion. Providers should also engage in shared decision-making with patients and review fertility... Read More

Prenatal Care, Timing of Diagnosis, and HIV Outcomes in Pregnancy

Sep 02, 2016

Researchers retrospectively examined mother-child pairs in Philadelphia between 2005-2013 for timing of diagnosis of HIV and the relationship to engagement in prenatal care and ultimately, viral suppression. Of the 25% of the sample that was diagnosed with HIV during... Read More

PrEP and Conception

Aug 26, 2016

The use of once daily oral tenofovir (TDF) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been shown to be effective in prevention of transmission of HIV between serodiscordant partners. However, HIV-negative women who use PrEP to conceive with an HIV-positive partner need to... Read More

Next HIV Specific Prenatal Classes Begin October 2016

Aug 26, 2016

The next series of PACPI's HIV-specific prenatal classes have been scheduled for October 2016.  Please see the attached flyer for the class and call 312-334-0971 to enroll your clients and patients.

Preconception Counseling for HIV-Infected Women

Aug 01, 2016

Researchers in Florida sampled both behaviorally and perinatally HIV-infected women to determine their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors around conception and risk behaviors. Although there were some minor differences between the groups, researchers determined that... Read More

Updated Perinatal Guidelines Available - June 2016

Jun 10, 2016

The US Public Health Service released an update to the Recommendations for Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women for Maternal Health and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States on June 7, 2016. This update can be... Read More

Postpartum Depression and Disclosure of HIV Status

Jun 02, 2016

Researchers in this retrospective cohort study looked at whether disclosure of a woman's HIV status to a partner or family member prior to delivery is associated with the risk of early postpartum depression. Disclosure to one or more family members was associated with a... Read More

Preeclampsia and HIV

May 27, 2016

In a large scale, retrospective cohort study, researchers found an increased risk of preeclampsia in HIV-positive pregnant women compared to those that were HIV-negative. Additionally, those on ARVs during pregnancy showed a higher risk compared with those who were not on... Read More

Fertility Methods for HIV-Positive Couples

May 27, 2016

As the life expectancy of HIV-positive individuals continues to increase, providers need to ensure to have discussions around reproduction interests with patients. The researchers in this article looked at methods of fertility awareness that could help HIV-positive and/or... Read More