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Community beliefs, HIV stigma, and depression among adolescents living with HIV in rural Uganda

September 16, 2019

With antiretroviral therapy (ART) readily available, many perinatally infected youth are reaching adolescents. This qualitative study in Uganda asked some important questions about the psychosocial support that adolescents living with HIV receive and the impact that it has on their mental health and HIV treatment outcomes. Youth reported adversities such as negative community perceptions (perceived… View Article

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Youth Living with HIV in Mozambique—Reaching the Last 95: A Qualitative Study in Sofala, Manica, and Niassa Provinces

September 11, 2019

Despite progress having been made in Mozambique, low rates of treatment initiation and retention continue–especially among children, adolescents, and young adults. The Ministry of Health is enacting a strategy to reach these target populations, and this research was carried out to inform that strategy. Research objectives were to identify the barriers and facilitating factors affecting… View Article

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Adolescent HIV in Tanzania: Factors Affecting Viral Load Suppression and the Transition to Adult Care

September 10, 2019

Health Policy Plus has applied its HIV Pediatric Transition Model to Tanzania, a country that needs to accelerate strategies to support adolescents who are living with HIV and are aging out of pediatric care. This study explored fact explored factors affecting viral load testing, viral suppression, and the transition from adolescent to adult care and… View Article

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Pediatric HIV Transition Model

September 10, 2019

As young people age out of their pediatric or adolescent HIV care and treatment programs, they require different types of support. However, there is a lack of understanding and planning for potential transitions in care for young people in most countries. This Pediatric Transition Model was written to inform target-setting, forecasting, and planning for treatment… View Article

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Evidence-based practices for retention in care of mother-infant pairs in the context of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa: A summary with guidance for scale up

July 24, 2019

For countries to achieve the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT), mothers and their infants must remain in care through the cessation of breastfeeding and beyond. While many countries in Eastern and Southern Africa have made significant strides in reducing mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) rates at six weeks, the final MTCT rates at the end… View Article

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Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free 2019 Report

July 22, 2019

This progress report reviews recent gains, new developments and remaining challenges as countries approach the 2020 targets of the Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free framework. It summarizes country progress at the end of 2018, and the results are mixed. The global targets set for 2018 have been missed by a wide margin in some… View Article

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Neurodevelopmental effects of ante-partum and post-partum antiretroviral exposure in HIV-exposed and uninfected children versus HIV-unexposed and uninfected children in Uganda and Malawi: a prospective cohort study

July 15, 2019

The effect of prolonged antiretroviral therapy (ART) exposure on newborn neurological development is a major concern for parents and healthcare workers. Findings, from a prospective cohort study in Uganda and Malawi show that in the first five years of life the neurological development of HIV-exposed but uninfected infants, exposed to maternal antiretrovirals before and after… View Article

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Viral suppression among children and their caregivers living with HIV in western Kenya

July 15, 2019

Despite the central role of caregivers in managing HIV treatment for children living with HIV, viral suppression within caregiver–child dyads in which both members are living with HIV is not well described. The objective of this study was to describe the association between child and caregiver viral suppression and the factors that influence viral non-suppression… View Article

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Cell Phone Counseling Improves Retention of Mothers With HIV Infection in Care and Infant HIV Testing in Kisumu, Kenya: A Randomized Controlled Study

June 27, 2019

While studies have looked at the effectiveness of cell phones in delivering short reminders and messages to improve health care, this study evaluated the effectiveness of a structured cell phone counseling intervention, informed by behavioral theory and delivered by trained counselors. The counseling was designed to improve maternal retention in care until 14 weeks after… View Article

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Financial education for HIV-vulnerable youth, orphans and vulnerable children: a systematic review of outcome evidence

June 18, 2019

This study was designed to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge pertaining to financial education for OVC and improvements in health and HIV prevention. This review supports emerging evidence that plural interventions, combining sexual and reproductive health with financial education, are associated with positive health and economic outcomes for vulnerable youth and children… View Article

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