Risk score accurately predicts which pregnant and postpartum women would benefit most from PrEP

Risk score accurately predicts which pregnant and postpartum women would benefit most from PrEP

By Michael Carter A risk score based on routine assessments carried out during antenatal care in resource-limited settings can accurately predict which pregnant and breastfeeding women have an especially high risk of infection with HIV and would therefore benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Predictors of infection with HIV included a partner of unknown HIV status, number of lifetime sexual partners, syphilis, bacterial vaginosis and vaginal…

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A risk assessment tool for identifying pregnant and postpartum women who may benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

Abstract only Jillian Pintye1,2, Alison L. Drake1, John Kinuthia4, Jennifer A. Unger1,3, Daniel Matemo4, Renee Heffron1, Ruanne Barnabas1,5,8, Pamela Kohler1,2, R. Scott McClelland1,5,6,7, and Grace John-Stewart1,5,6,8 Abstract Background: An HIV risk assessment tool for pregnant women could identify women who would most benefit from PrEP while minimizing unnecessary PrEP exposure Methods: Data from a prospective study of incident HIV among pregnant/postpartum women in Kenya was randomly divided into derivation (n=654) and validation (n=650) cohorts. A risk score was derived using multivariate Cox proportional hazards…

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Faces of an AIDS-free generation in eastern and southern Africa

Faces of an AIDS-free generation in eastern and southern Africa

A new book that tells the inspiring stories of 12 mothers living with HIV and their children born free of the virus has been launched at a community event near Polokwane in Limpopo province, South Africa, on the occasion of National Women’s Day (August 9). The book, Faces of an AIDS Free Generation in eastern and southern Africa, aims to promote the further uptake of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services to help prevent the transmission of…

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When you’re pregnant and have HIV

When you’re pregnant and have HIV

By Achieng Ivisu When Ann Ngure discovered she was pregnant with her second child in 2013 she was ecstatic. Her first son had already enrolled in nursery school and she was sure it was time to add another member to the family. Being a second-time mum, Ann did not think it necessary to attend ante-natal clinic and only did so following her husband’s insistence. “I was six-months pregnant when I finally went to the clinic…

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World AIDS Day 2014 Round Up

  Sharing with you World AIDS Day messages from several IATT partners. UNICEF reports that an estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013. But the global goal of reducing new HIV infections in children by 90 per cent between 2009 and 2015 is still out of reach. Only 67 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV…

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