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Julia Dettinger, M.P.H.

PrEP Is Safe for Pregnant Women Who Want the HIV Prevention Drug, a New Study Finds

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is safe for pregnant women to use, according to new research presented at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P2018) conference in Madrid, Spain.

News

This Week in HIV Research: The Case for Pre-Pregnancy Treatment

The benefits of pre-pregnancy HIV treatment initiation for mothers-to-be; HIV diagnoses rise among young U.S. MSM; cost effectiveness of PrEP for heterosexual women; methotrexate and arterial function.

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Women

Making Clinical Trials of PrEP More Inclusive of Women, No Matter Their Pregnancy Status

Three new trials of HIV prevention drugs seek to answer directly a question that researchers inside and outside the field of HIV have explicitly avoided for years: How do drugs work -- and are they safe -- in pregnant and breastfeeding women?

News Analysis

This Week in HIV Research: How Antiretrovirals May Affect Birth

The effect of specific regimens on some birth-related events; obstacles to PrEP among U.S. women; improving mortality and treatment success for HIV-positive people who inject drugs; kidney disease and “old” tenofovir.

Lynne Mofenson, M.D., at AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Credit: Terri Wilder)

Lynne Mofenson, M.D., Explains the Dolutegravir Risks for People With HIV Who Want to Get Pregnant

New information was presented at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam about babies born with neural tube defects to women with HIV who started a regimen with dolutegravir (Tivicay, DTG) and then later got pregnant.

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Viewpoints

To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed While Living With HIV? Data Needed!

The risk of transmitting HIV through the breastmilk of virally suppressed women in high-income countries is not known.

Dolutegravir Preconception Signal: Time Is Up for Shoddy Surveillance Img
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Dolutegravir Preconception Signal: Time Is Up for Shoddy Surveillance

"It is hard to imagine how in 2018 we could be in this situation where women with HIV are being so woefully underserved," Polly Clayden writes.

This Week in HIV Research: Key Measures of Success Lag in the U.S. South

Lower CD4, higher viral load in the U.S. South; HIV testing among U.S. heterosexuals; heightened seroconversion risk around childbirth; predicting success for long-acting, injectable PrEP.

Dolutegravir: Need to Consider All Pros and Cons Before Switching in Pregnancy Img
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Dolutegravir: Need to Consider All Pros and Cons Before Switching in Pregnancy

A recent case study illustrates the complexity of managing women in early stages of pregnancy presenting on a dolutegravir-based regimen, and the need for careful consideration when responding to new data.

New Contraindication Against Using Darunavir/Cobicistat (Prezcobix) During Pregnancy Img
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New Contraindication Against Using Darunavir/Cobicistat (Prezcobix) During Pregnancy

The manufacturer of darunavir/cobicistat (Prezcobix) has issued a Dear Doctor letter warning about use of the drug during pregnancy due to significantly reduced plasma levels of the drug during the second and third trimesters.