Immune System Boost May Prevent HIV Infection in Infants

According to reports out of the Oregon Health and Science University, training the immune system to fend off HIV during the first hours after birth ... read more »

Routine Blood Tests in Pregnancy and Prenatal Testing

Which routine blood tests are done at the first prenatal visit? ... read more »

HIV Infection Transmission From Man To Woman

HIV is sexually transmitted. That means that a woman can become HIV infected if she is exposed to secretions like the ejaculate and sperm from an HIV positive man. ... read more »

HIV Positive Men Find Hope in Sperm Freezing

Men who are HIV+ cannot father children without running the risk of passing the virus onto the unborn fetus. Current sperm freezing techniques do not separate sperm ... read more »

HIV Positive Teens, Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found a correlation between teens and young women and complications during pregnancy. ... read more »

Three More STDs Men Have to Watch Out For

STD prevention is easy: don't have unprotected sex. The easiest and most effective preventative tactic is the use of condoms. ... read more »

Male Circumcision: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

According to recent research, male circumcision (the removal of foreskin) can reduce the risk of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer and infection. At the end of the day, however, choosing circumcision for your baby or as an adult is all about choice. ... read more »

Common STDs in Men

STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are passed from one person to another via unprotected sex. Syphilis, HIV, and gonorrhea are three major STDs men have to worry about. ... read more »

Multi-Drug Treatment Reduces Mother-Infant HIV Risk

Recent research reveals using multiple drugs after birth greatly reduces the risk of infant HIV infection. ... read more »

HIV, Sexual Violence and Special Populations

According to researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in adolescent and pregnant populations, the immune system may be altered, but the alteration increases the risk of HIV infection. ... read more »

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test

The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is designed to give users privacy, accuracy and a preliminary test result for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies. ... read more »

Sexual Risk Behaviors Amongst Cocaine and Heroin Users

Based on the results of a study, published in the journal Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, condom use shows a lack of intimacy and trust and HIV status is determined based on appearance rather than negative HIV testing. ... read more »

Prevalence of Vaginal Candidiasis in Young Women

Nigerian researchers recently published a study on vaginal candidiasis in The Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal showing a high rate of vaginal candidiasis in women with vaginal infections. ... read more »

Nevirapine Reduces Risk of HIV Passing to Newborn

When a pregnant woman is HIV-positive, there are health factors and treatments that can reduce the chance of passing the infection to the fetus during childbirth. ... read more »

Hearing Loss Linked to HIV Positive Pregnancy

Children born to HIV-positive mothers are more likely to have hearing problems than children born to HIV-negative mothers, according to a new study. The hearing loss is typically reported by the age of 16, but some reports occur as early as age 7. ... read more »

Impact of Malaria During Pregnancy

Malaria is a wide-spread health concern in sub-Saharan Africa, especially for pregnant women. Researchers recently published a review in the Malaria Journal reviewing the effects of malarial infection on fetal outcome. ... read more »

Effect of HAART During Pregnancy

HAART or highly active antiretroviral treatment can be used in pregnancy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. ... read more »

24-Hour Protein Excretion (Urine) During Pregnancy

Protein excretion is the amount of protein excreted or passed out of the body in urine. Some excretion is normal, but excessive excretion can be a sign of something more serious. ... read more »

HIV-Positive Infant Cured

In a small town in Mississippi, a mother reports to the hospital in labor. She has received no prenatal care and has no idea she is HIV-positive. When her infant is born, HIV tests are positive and suggest the infant contracted the virus in utero. ... read more »

HIV Drugs May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Women who are HIV positive often take anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the symptoms associated with the virus and protect the fetus from contracting HIV during pregnancy and childbirth. ... read more »

HIV Positive and Pregnant

The HIV virus can lurk in a person's body for many years, producing no symptoms that would prompt medical examination or suggest the person is contagious with the virus. When left untreated, HIV leads to AIDS. ... read more »

Fiber Mesh Fabric Prevents Pregnancy and HIV

According to a research study published in PLoS One, the fibers can be modified to release medications immediately or over the course of a few days ' ideal for women seeking pregnancy and HIV protection other than the condom. ... read more »

Combination Antiretroviral Use in HIV Transmission

Preventing mother-infant transmission of HIV is an important focus of third-world countries like Zambia. In Zambia, mother-infant transmission accounts for nearly 500,000 new HIV cases per year, according to 2009 statistics. ... read more »

Benefits of Antiretroviral Drugs During Pregnancy

The findings of a recent study may quiet concerns that the babies of women who are HIV-positive during pregnancy will be more prone to birth defects if the mother takes antiretroviral drugs. ... read more »

Scientist Maps Mother to Child HIV Transmission Rates

A researcher from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has mapped the incredible decline in HIV infections transmitted from mother to child. ... read more »

Reducing HIV Mother-Child Transmission with Oral Zidovudine (ZDV)

Mother to children transmission (MTCT) rates for HIV can be greatly reduced with anti-retroviral medications. However, according to researchers, a clinical study has not established the effectiveness and safety of oral zidovudine (ZDV) in infants. ... read more »

Women With HIV On Medicaid Don’t Get Treatment for Depression

Being HIV positive and low income are two evident risk factors for depression, but it appears the Medicaid system in the United States somehow missed this potential mental health concern. ... read more »

Safer Conception for HIV Patients

In couples with one partner who's HIV-positive, safe conception and birth can be a topic of concern. With advances in medical treatment for HIV, lifespan can be barely affected by the virus, leaving couples to raise children as successfully as HIV-negative parents. ... read more »

United States Updates HIV Screening Recommendations

A recent publication in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports a change has been made to screening recommendations that include recommendations for screening during pregnancy. ... read more »

Human Breast Milk: Cure for Antibiotic Resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is only increasing, but researchers believe they have found the key to bringing antibiotic-resistant strains back under control. ... read more »

Fetal Anemia and Cord Blood Malaria in HIV-Positive Moms

Pregnancy with HIV can change the dynamic of pregnancy and may be associated with negative pregnancy and fetal outcomes, including increased risk of fetal anemia and cord blood malaria parasitemia. ... read more »

Better Access to HIV Medications for Pregnant Women

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports the availability of HIV medication for pregnant women in poorer countries increased in 2009. ... read more »

High Risk Pregnancy Complications Guide

Information and Resources from babyMed about potential high-risk pregnancy complications that may be diagnosed during your pregnancy such as bleeding, hypertension, and premature delivery. ... read more »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases During Pregnancy

An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus. ... read more »

Breast Milk Kills HIV Cells: But Not Without Help

Breast milk antibodies have the ability to kill HIV cells, and researchers say that the same milk that causes infection can also prevent infection, with a little help. ... read more »

STD - Recommended Screening

Intrauterine or perinatally transmitted STDs can have fatal or severely debilitating effects on a fetus. Here are the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control) recommendations for screening of pregnant women ... read more »

Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Sexually transmitted diseases affect more than 2 million women every year. This number can only be tallied by the number of women who are treated or diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. ... read more »

Pregnancy and HIV

Getting pregnant when a woman is HIV+ can be a tough decision to make if the woman already knows her status. If she doesn't, there are still ways to protect the baby. ... read more »

Stigma Affects Pregnant Women with HIV

There is still a stigma that surrounds men and women with HIV. The stigma is so strong for pregnant women that many choose to give birth outside of the hospital to escape the negative stigma. ... read more »

Could Your HIV Test Show a False Positive?

If you are trying to conceive, you probably understand that there are a plethora of tests you will face to ensure that you and your baby will be healthy for the duration of the pregnancy and thereafter. Included in the list of tests is usually an HIV test. ... read more »

Protecting Babies from Maternal HIV Transference

As the world fights to find a way to save the millions of lives lost to complications from AIDS each year, what can be done to prevent maternal transference of the HIV virus to babies? ... read more »