Our paper on complementary feeding among HIV-infected Tanzanian women is out!

Congrats to Anne Williams, for her very hard work in getting this paper published in the IMG_1285Journal of Human Lactation! While breastfeeding practices have been fairly well-characterized among PLHIV, complementary feeding practices have been almost completely overlooked. Therefore, our work among women in the Pwani region of Tanzania is a useful contribution. Our data suggest that EBF is an attainable behavior, but that the very low prevalence of daily animal source food provision suggests that adequate diets are difficult to achieve after breastfeeding cessation. Well done, team! Here’s a celebratory flashback to our training back in 2011.

Household hunger is associated with failed viral suppression during pregnancy and lactation

Our paper, demonstrating for the first time that food insuffiiciency is associated with failed viral suppression during pregnancy and lactation, is out in JAIDS! In multivariate analysis, food insufficiency (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 0.38, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.16-0.91), higher pretreatment HIV-1 RNA (aOR 0.55 per 10-fold increase, 95% CI 0.37-0.82), and lopinavir/ritonavir versus efavirenz (aOR 0.49, 95% CI 0.24-0.96) were associated with lower odds of sustained viral suppression in a cohort of Ugandan women on ART.  Currently, only the uncorrected proofs are available, but we will post once the pretty final version is out.