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Reference

What's New in U.S. HIV Clinical Treatment Guidelines

The latest update to official guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services occurred within the adult/adolescent guidelines on June 3.

By Myles Helfand
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Interviews

Why Are Parents Living With HIV Still Being Advised Not to Breastfeed?

A new expert consensus statement explores how providers can give birthing parents who are living with HIV the information they need to decide for themselves.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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This Week in HIV Research: Our Immensely Intersectional Epidemic

Dec. 3, 2020: A simple scoring system for PrEP referral; integrating meth use and HIV prevention interventions; genetically linked HIV strains cross county lines; viral suppression rates in first vs. second pregnancies.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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Features

Neighborhood Is a Factor in Women’s HIV Viral Load During Pregnancy

A reasonably understandable initial response to this important study could be “WTF”—but the forces that conspire to harm people of color and people living in poverty are persistent and intransigent.

By David Alain Wohl, M.D.
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Interviews

After Years of Decline, Perinatal HIV Transmission Has Hit a Plateau. Why?

This researcher has some ideas about what we need to do to address the problem.

By Terri Wilder, M.S.W.
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Conference Coverage

Contraceptives Don’t Increase HIV Risk, but They Do Interact With Some Antiretrovirals

A CROI 2020 roundup of studies on birth control and women living with HIV.

By Barbara Jungwirth
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Conference Coverage

Tempering Previous Concerns, Study Finds Dolutegravir Safest HIV Treatment During Pregnancy

New data shows the drug is not more likely to cause birth defects.

By Sony Salzman
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News

New Study Will Test Safety of PrEP and Dapivirine Ring in Pregnancy

While the vaginal ring is still currently under FDA review, the new study will show whether it is safe and acceptable for people who are pregnant.

By Martha Kempner
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News

This Week in HIV Research: More Answers—and Questions—on Cannabis Use

Jan. 23, 2020: Neurocognitive benefits of cannabis use; how unquantifiable HIV in CSF correlates to executive function; updated findings on efavirenz and microcephaly; cost-efficacy of a specialized HIV care coordination team.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand
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News

One-Two Punch of Antibodies and Antiretrovirals Stops HIV Infection in Primate Infants

While it is too soon to tell, this research involving broadly neutralizing antibodies could point to new methods for preventing vertical transmission.

By Sony Salzman