Closing the treatment gap for children living with HIV

There are over 3 million children living with HIV, but the vast majority have not been tested nor are they receiving the needed HIV treatment. The World Health Organization and global partners are organizing a series of events on 8-12 December 2014 in an effort to increase access to testing and treatment for infants and children in need.

World AIDS Day 2014 - Closing the gap in HIV prevention and treatment services

1 December 2014 – WHO released a new supplement to the 2013 ARV guidelines, which addresses two important and neglected areas of the HIV response. These include new recommendations on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) enabling emergency prevention for those in need, with a single 28-day course of antiretrovirals. New recommendations on affordable cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for those living with HIV, and also burdened with malaria and bacterial infections, are included in the new supplement.

First PROMISE study results confirm WHO recommendations

Mother and child

17 November 2014 - The United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) published interim results of the PROMISE (Promoting Maternal-Infant Survival Everywhere) study. The PROMISE study aims to determine how best to safely reduce the risk of HIV transmission from infected pregnant women to their babies during pregnancy and after delivery and assure the benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the health of the mother. Started in 2010, the study has enrolled more than 3500 HIV-infected pregnant or post-partum women in India, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

WHO consultation on PrEP adherence

15 October - WHO organized a small consultation of key experts on the topic of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adherence to discuss how to consider and measure PrEP adherence beyond the context of clinical trials. The consultation took place on 8 June 2014 in Miami, USA. The report captures the process of the consultation, key agreements and next action points, and the list of participants.

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