What we’re Reading: Foundation Ambassadors, New Research into Antibodies, and Cutting Home Birth HIV Transmission
October 26, 2012
This week, we’re finding out more about one of our Foundation Ambassadors and her work on behalf of young women and girls, reading about possible new treatment options for HIV, thinking about South Africa’s efforts to stop HIV/AIDS, and learning about Swaziland’s work to end HIV transmission during home births.
EGPAF – “Foundation Ambassador Taking A Stand For Young Women” – Foundation Ambassador Cristina Peña is a champion for the rights of young women living with HIV. Recently, she traveled to UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva to meet with eight other young women from around the world to develop a platform and statement on the needs of HIV-positive girls and women.
Science – “Reassessing Antibodies as Treatment for HIV Infection” – New research from Rockefeller University in New York City is showing that rare antibodies that are combined with other antibodies could potentially be a powerful addition to or replacement for current ARV treatments. Scientists are still testing the use of these antibodies in mice, but human trials are a future possibility.
AllAfrica.com – “South Africa: Task Team Praises SA for Progress in Tackling HIV/Aids” – South Africa has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world, with 17% of all people with HIV living within its borders. But the South African government has made progress and this week, Kenya's Minister of Gender, Children and Social Development praised it for its work in ending mother-to-child transmission and raising the country’s life expectancy.
Swazi Observer – “Cutting HIV transmissions for home birth” – In Swaziland, more women are choosing to give birth at home, and for women living with HIV, home birth can make preventing mother-to-child transmission challenging. In this article, scientists and program directors, including the Foundation’s own Dr. Mahdi Mohammed, talk about how home birth can limit the effectiveness of PMTCT efforts, and what leaders are doing to make birth safer for mothers and babies.
Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.