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Mother and baby
October 3, 2019

New England Journal of Medicine: Dr. Amita Gupta and colleagues found that the current standard of care given to HIV+ pregnant women to prevent TB should wait until 12 weeks after delivery. The study underscores the need to include pregnant women in clinical trials.

Clinical Research

Leadership
While we conduct research all over the world, the majority of our work is in India. Our Indo-JHU Clinical Research Partnership is located in Pune and is directed by Dr. Amita Gupta (Baltimore, MD), with onsite direction from Dr. Vidya Mave, Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi, and Dr. Nikhil Gupte (Pune). The Indo-JHU Partnership employs more than 200 people and in addition to our memberships in cosortia with many esteemed Indian research institutions, we have formal agreements with:

 
 

Extended-dose nevirapine to 6 weeks of age for infants to prevent HIV transmission via breastfeeding in Ethiopia, India, and Uganda: an analysis of three randomized controlled trials

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2009-07-26
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The Lancet
Background: UNICEF/WHO recommends that infants born to HIV-infected mothers who do not have access to acceptable, feasible, affordable, sustainable, and safe replacement feeding should be exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months. The aim of three trials in Ethiopia, India, and Uganda was to...

Strategies for gender-equitable HIV services in rural India

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2009-05-15
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Health Policy and Planning
The emergence of HIV in rural India has the potential to heighten gender inequity in a context where women already suffer significant health disparities. Recent Indian health policies provide new opportunities to identify and implement gender-equitable rural HIV services. In this review, we adapt...

Highly complex neutralization determinants on a monophyletic lineage of newly transmitted subtype C HIV-1 Env clones from India

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2009-03-15
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Virology
Little is known about the neutralization properties of HIV-1 in India to optimally design and test vaccines. For this reason, a functional Env clone was obtained from each of ten newly acquired, heterosexually transmitted HIV-1 infections in Pune, Maharashtra. These clones formed a phylogenetically...

Two year virologic outcomes of an alternative AIDS care model: evaluation of a peer health worker and nurse-staffed community-based program in Uganda

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2009-03-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Background: There is growing concern about the human resources needed to care for increasing numbers of patients receiving antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings. We evaluated an alternative model, community-based, comprehensive antiretroviral program staffed primarily by peer health...

Nevirapine resistance and breast-milk HIV transmission: effects of single and extended-dose nevirapine prophylaxis in subtype C HIV-infected infants

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2009-01-01
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PLOS One
Background: Daily nevirapine (NVP) prophylaxis to HIV-exposed infants significantly reduces breast-milk HIV transmission. We assessed NVP-resistance in Indian infants enrolled in the “six-week extended-dose nevirapine” (SWEN) trial who received single-dose NVP (SD-NVP) or SWEN for prevention of...

Traditional Indian medicine and homeopathy for HIV/AIDS: a review of the literature

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2008-12-22
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AIDS Research and Therapy
Background: Allopathic practitioners in India are outnumbered by practitioners of traditional Indian medicine and homeopathy (TIMH), which is used by up to two-thirds of its population to help meet primary health care needs, particularly in rural areas. India has an estimated 2.5 million HIV...

Neutralizing antibody responses in recent seroconverters with HIV-1 subtype C infections in India

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2008-10-25
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AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
The longitudinal heterologous neutralization response against two HIV-1 subtype C isolates was studied in 33 ART-naive individuals recently infected with HIV-1 subtype C from India. Seven of 33 (21%) seroconverters demonstrated a consistent response against both isolates (65-100% neutralization),...

High risk for occupational exposure to HIV and utilization of post-exposure prophylaxis in a teaching hospital in Pune, India

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2008-10-21
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BMC Infectious Diseases
Background: The risk for occupational exposure to HIV has been well characterized in the developed world, but limited information is available about this transmission risk in resource-constrained settings facing the largest burden of HIV infection. In addition, the feasibility and utilization of...

Neisseria gonorrhea and Chlamydia trachomatis among Human Immunodeficiency Virus-infected women

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2008-10-15
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
In this study, we determine risk factors for CT and GC infection in women receiving HIV continuity care using data from the Johns Hopkins HIV Clinical Cohort. The Johns Hopkins HIV Clinical Cohort is a longitudinal observational study of adult patients (≥18 years old) in HIV care in the Johns...

Repeated pregnancy in HIV positive Indian women with known HIV status

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2008-09-29
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AIDS Care
HIV-positive women of reproductive age face challenges in decision making related to pregnancy. Understanding factors influencing repeat pregnancies in women with known HIV status are necessary to guide interventions and counseling strategies to better inform and support them. We compared three...

The Indian pediatric HIV epidemic: a systematic review

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2008-09-15
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Current HIV Research
Despite an estimated 70,000 Indian children living with HIV infection, little is known about India's pediatric HIV epidemic. Generalizations about epidemiology, natural history, and treatment outcomes from other resource-limited settings (RLS) may be inaccurate for several biologic and social...

Incidence of common opportunistic infections in HIV-infected individuals in Pune, India: analysis by stages of immunosuppression represented by CD4 counts

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2008-07-02
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International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Background: Opportunistic infections (OIs) influence the morbidity and mortality due to HIV infections. Data from India on the incidence of OIs among HIV-infected individuals by stages of immunodeficiency are scarce. Methods: Between September 2002 and November 2004, HIV-infected individuals were...

Timing of therapy for latent tuberculosis infection among immigrants presenting to a U.S. public health clinic: a retrospective study

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2008-05-12
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BMC Public Health
Background: In the U.S. more than half of incident tuberculosis (TB) cases occur in immigrants. Current guidelines recommend screening and treatment for latent TB infection (LTBI) within 5 years of arrival to the U.S. This study evaluates the timing of LTBI therapy among immigrants presenting for...

Telecommunications and health care: An HIV/AIDS warmline for communication and consultation in Rakai, Uganda

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2008-04-25
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Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Hotlines and warmlines have been successfully used in the developed world to provide clinical advice; however, reports on their replicability in resource-limited settings are limited. A warmline was established in Rakai, Uganda, to support an antiretroviral therapy program. Over a 17-month period,...

Responding to the human resource crisis: Peer health workers, mobile phones, and HIV care in Rakai, Uganda.

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2008-03-15
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AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Dear Editor: Two challenges to successful antiretroviral therapy (ART) scale-up in resource-limited settings (RLS) are human resource and healthcare infrastructure limitations.1 We read with interest the modeling study by Bärnighausen et al. which describes the complexities of ensuring adequate...

Low utilization of HIV testing during pregnancy: what are the barriers to HIV testing for women in rural India?

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2008-02-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Introduction: Sixty percent of India's HIV cases occur in rural residents. Despite government policy to expand antenatal HIV screening and prevention of maternal-to-child transmission (PMTCT), little is known about HIV testing among rural women during pregnancy. Methods: Between January and March...

Modeling maternal infant HIV transmission in the presence of breast-feeding with an imperfect test

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2007-12-15
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Biometrics
An important public health question is to determine the probabilities of perinatal HIV transmission and when it occurs, whether antepartum, intrapartum, or postpartum through breastfeeding. However, this is a difficult problem because the presence of HIV infection in an infant can only be...

Selenium and HIV-1: Hope or hype?

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2007-12-10
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Archives of Internal Medicine
We read with great interest the article by Hurwitz et al on the impact of selenium supplementation in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Studies examining the association between micronutrients and HIV, particularly prospective studies, have been limited to date...

Nurses’ health education program in India increases HIV knowledge and reduces fear

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2007-11-30
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Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Few health care facilities are adequately prepared to manage and care for HIV/AIDS patients in India. Nurses play a critical role in patient care but are often ill-equipped to deal with their own fears of occupational risk and handle the clinical aspects of HIV/AIDS care, leading to stigma and...

Low sensitivity of total lymphocyte count as a surrogate marker to identify antepartum and postpartum Indian women who require antiretroviral therapy

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2007-11-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Background: Some studies support the use of total lymphocyte count (TLC) as a surrogate marker for CD4 cell count to guide antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation. However, most of these studies have focused on nonpregnant adults. In light of expanding ART access through prevention of mother-to-...

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Improved Practice Through Networking and Knowledge Management

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2007-06-18
Bollinger, R. Improved Practice Through Networking and Knowledge Management. 2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting. Kigali, Rwanda. 2007.

Global Health Education. [Plenary I]

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2007-06-08
Bollinger, R. Global Health Education. [Plenary I]. Northeast Group on Educational Affairs. Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Stony Brook, NY.

Public Health Issues in South Asia

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2007-06-05
Bollinger, R. Public Health Issues in South Asia. South Asia Advanced Area Studies. Foreign Institute of the U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC.

Eosinophilia in a Patient from Latin America

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2007-05-31
Page, K. Eosinophilia in a Patient from Latin America. Medicine Grand Rounds. Bayview Department of Medicine. Baltimore, MD.

An update in opportunistic infections

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2007-05-21
Gupta, A. An update in opportunistic infections. Johns Hopkins HIV Clinical Care Conference. Baltimore, MD.

HIV Clinical Trials in the International Setting

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2007-04-30
Bollinger, R. HIV Clinical Trials in the International Setting. Cross-Cutting Issues in HIV Therapy and Management: Emerging Challenges. US Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and Committee for Advanced Scientific Education. Silver Spring, MD.

The Future of US Efforts to Fight the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

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2007-04-27
Bollinger, R. The Future of US Efforts to Fight the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. SAIS Global Health and Foreign Policy Initiative. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Washington, DC.

Lessons Learned from bringing the National AIDS Institute of India and JHU researchers together: What was possible, and what wasn’t possible with the level of connection in place

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2007-04-25
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Bollinger, R. Lessons Learned from bringing the National AIDS Institute of India and JHU researchers together: What was possible, and what wasn’t possible with the level of connection in place. 2007 Internet2 Annual Meeting. Arlington, VA. 2007.

Careers in Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities

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2007-04-14
Bollinger, R. Careers in Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities. Leaders in Public Health Symposium. Haverford College. Haverford, PA.

ART and tuberculosis [Panelist], and Toxicities of protease inhibitors [Lecture]

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2007-01-12
Gupta, A. ART and tuberculosis [Panelist], and Toxicities of protease inhibitors [Lecture]. National HIV Conference CART 2007. Chennai, India. 2007.

Antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy and post-partum and ART resistance in India [Invited plenaries]

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2007-01-07
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Gupta, A. Antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy and post-partum and ART resistance in India [Invited plenaries]. HIV Current Treatment Options Conference. Mumbai, India.

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