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    HIV treatment is very effective in children with HIV, making it a long-term, manageable condition. Babies, children and adolescents – like everyone else living with HIV – are...

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  • What can science learn from a child who has controlled HIV without drugs for more than 8 years?

    An HIV-infected child in South Africa who is controlling the virus without antiretroviral (ARV) drugs has reinvigorated the push to find ways to allow people to control the virus for prolonged periods without treatment.

    27 July 2017 | Science
  • Khayelitsha study offers hope for children with HIV who are failing treatment

    Good news from a recent programme conducted in Khayelitsha on children and adolescents with HIV who were failing antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. It showed that most patients were able to suppress their high viral load within six months through continued adherence support...

    14 June 2017 | GroundUp
  • Adolescents are dying of AIDS at an alarming rate, UN agency warns

    An average of 29 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are infected with HIV every hour, according to the United Nations Children's Fund, which is calling for a redoubling of prevention and treatment efforts.

    19 July 2016 | UN News Centre
  • “Towards Ending the Neglect?” DNDi Releases Update on its Paediatric HIV Programme

    The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has released an update on its efforts to develop optimal child-adapted antiretroviral formulations. This document details some recent progress towards its final goal of developing “4-in-1” fixed-dose combinations using the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended treat­ment regimen for infants and young chil­dren.

    17 July 2016 | DNDi
  • UNAIDS and PEPFAR announce dramatic reductions in new HIV infections among children in the 21 countries most affected by HIV in Africa

    Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009.

    08 June 2016 | UNAIDS
  • HIV in children is a symptom of the failures of the AIDS response

    Leaders from West and Central Africa urged to mobilize national and international political commitment for an ambitious catch up plan to intensify the HIV response in the region.

    10 May 2016 | MSF
  • Study shows effectiveness of switching antiretroviral therapy for HIV-infected children

    A Columbia University study evaluated whether HIV-infected children in South Africa who had achieved viral suppression with one antiretroviral treatment could transition to efavirenz-based therapy, the recommended drug for children older than three years, without risk of viral failure. The researchers reported that the treatment program resulted in excellent sustained virological control.

    06 November 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Children With HIV More Likely to Die of Malaria

    Children infected with H.I.V. appear much more likely than those who are not to die with severe malaria, a new study has found. It may make sense to give these children malaria drugs protectively, the authors said.

    01 October 2015 | New York Times
  • Can’t Swallow a Pill? There’s Help for That

    “Age doesn’t really impact your ability to swallow a pill,” said Dr. Kathleen Bradford, a professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A teenager can have just as many problems as a 5-year-old. It likely has to do with anxiety and the negative associations with swallowing a pill.”

    22 September 2015 | New York Times
  • Kids Who Start HIV Treatment With Low CD4s Largely Regain Them

    HIV-positive children who have low CD4 counts when starting treatment by and large experience a rebound to normal levels of those immune cells. After two years on HIV meds, 92 percent of the children achieved a CD4 count of 500 or above. Just nine children (1 percent) experienced an AIDS-defining illness during treatment. Children starting with fewer than 200 CD4 cells/mm3 took 1.29 years to reach a CD4 count over 500 cells/mm3.

    07 April 2015 | AIDSMeds
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

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