Most pregnant women are concerned about taking medications, particularly in the first 3 months (trimester) of a pregnancy as this is a particularly vulnerable time for the foetus. People with chronic conditions usually need to keep taking their treatments during pregnancy and it is important that they understand how the benefits balance against the risk of doing so. In high income countries such as Canada and Australia the transmission of HIV from an HIV positive woman to child is very low (less than 1%) and this is essentially due to Anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Recent research in Canada reviewed health related information from pregnant women over a period of 17 years up until 2015 and data from 214,240 pregnancies, of which 343 were HIV positive women was looked at. [Read more…] about Reassurance for pregnant women regarding ART side effects
Some of you may be aware that after 1 July 2015, HIV medications will be dispensed from local chemists. Positive Life is keen to hear from people living with HIV about your needs and preferences when accessing HIV health care (GPs, Chemists, S100 prescribers). You will find the survey by opening the following survey monkey link.
The survey takes about 2 minutes to complete and closes on the 28 February 2015. Responses are confidential and will assist Positive Life in developing information and resources for people living with HIV in NSW. [Read more…] about Access to HIV health care in NSW survey
HIV treatment update 2014 for Sydney West
Guest speakers: Dr Virginia Furner (HIV treatment update 2014)
Dr Rick Varma will help answer all your questions.
Who is it for? Positive heterosexual men and women, partners & family
Where is it? St Marys Mamre Homestead
When is it? Saturday 21st June 10.30 am until 3pm
Come along and get copies of the new Pozhet booklets, stay up-to-date with advances in knowledge about HIV and connect with other in a safe and supportive environment.
Please RSVP by the 18th June
For details ring Elizabeth on 0400 431 809 or Susan on 1800 812 404
Lunch will be provided
The online edition of the US Journal of Infectious Diseases (on AIDSmap) reports that high concentrations of HIV treatment (ART) were found in the vaginal secretions of women in a study. The findings support the use of ART to prevent sexual transmission of HIV.
The investigators wanted to see if ART had any effect on HIV in vaginal secretions, particularly during menstruation.
Garry Trotter is a clinical nurse consultant who came and spoke to Pozhet clients on Friday October 18.