Feb, 2022

Treatment and monitoring of children and adolescents with hepatitis C in Russia: Results from a multi-centre survey on policy and practice


Authors: F Malik, V Chulanov, N Pimenov, A Fomicheva, R Lundin, N Levina, C Thorne, A Turkova, G Indofi

Published in: The Journal of viral elimination


Dec, 2021

Diaskin and tuberculin skin test as tuberculosis diagnostics in Russian children: comparative observational study


Authors: Fritschi N, Gureva T, Eliseev P, Crichton S ,Intira Jeannie Collins IJ, Turkova T, Mariandyshev A, Ritz N

Presented at: The 52nd Union World Conference On Lung Health 2021

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Jun, 2021

Brain MRI and neurocognitive characteristics of children with perinatal HIV infection in Russia: a retrospective cross-sectional study


Authors: MB. García,  L. Okhonskaya,  E. Voronin,  V. Rozenberg,  M. Titova,  T. Kovalenko,  A. Turkova,  IJ. Collins,  S. Crichton,  C. Velo Higueras,  MI. Gonzalez-Tomé,  JT. Ramos-Amador,  AMD. Aragón, on behalf of the REACH/EPPICC research groups

Published in: ESPID



Method: Retrospective cross-sectional study,  Republican Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital (Saint Petersburg, Sept. 2013- July 2015)

39 consecutive children in routine follow up underwent Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-III) assessment

Linked to clinical data including immune and virological status

MRI assessment were independently reviewed by 2 radiologists

  • Presence and number of focal white matter (WM) lesions
  • Diffuse WM hyperintensities
  • Global or regional atrophy

WISC III profiles 
Assess intelligence in school-age children: 12 subtests, 3 indexes: Verbal IQ (VIQ), Performance IQ (PIQ) and Full Scale IQ (FSIQ).

Conclusion: 1. Almost half of children had evidence of neuroradiological abnormalities but most had IQ scores within the average range except for few subtests scores. 2. A trend towards older age at ART initiation among children with MRI abnormalities but not statistically significant and not adjusted for other confounders. 3. These assessments may help identify children in need of developmental support and ART optimisation.


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Dec, 2020

Cascade of care in children and adolescents with HIV in Russian Federation

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Author: Anna Turkova, Evgeny Voronin, Yulia Plotnikova, Anna Samarina, Edith Milanzi, Vladimir Rozenberg, Liubov Okhonskaia, Inga Latysheva, Aleksey Plynsky, Elena Fertikh, Siobhan Crichton, Charlotte Jackson, Ali Judd, Intira J Collins, on behalf of the European Pregnancy and Paediatric Infections Cohort Collaboration (EPPICC)

Published in: 12th International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics

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The cascade of care summarises the 90-90-90 UNAIDS targets, of 90% of HIV+ people knowing their status, of whom 90% receive antiretroviral treatment (ART), of whom 90% are virally suppressed

By 2019, there were 1,068,839 people diagnosed with HIV in Russia, of whom 50% were on ART, and of those 76% were virally suppressed1.

However, there is less data on the HIV care continuum in children and adolescents with HIV in Russia



To summarise the cascade of care in children and adolescents living with HIV in three Russian clinics.



We included data on children/adolescents aged <18 years at HIV diagnosis from three Russian clinics within the European Pregnancy and Paediatric Infections Cohort Collaboration (EPPICC).

Follow-up data from first presentation to HIV care until death, loss to follow-up, transfer to adult care or last visit (data cut-off 1/10/2016) were included.

As all patients were already diagnosed with HIV, we adapted the cascade of care as follows: (a) initiated ART, (b) virally suppressed (VS) ≤1000 copies/ml and (c) having good WHO immune status* at last visit.  The analysis was restricted to patients in active paediatric follow-up (FU) in 2015-2016 and had ≥12 months of FU.

Characteristics of patients and cascade results were stratified by age of HIV diagnosis:

i.Diagnosed during “childhood” (age <10) and

ii.Diagnosed during “adolescence” (age ≥10)

The proportion with VS and good immune status* at 12(±3) months after ART start was also summarized overall and by calendar year of ART start.



  • Of 922 patients followed in the 3 centres, 703 had ≥12 months FU and were in care in 2015/16 and included in this analysis. Of these:
  • 655 (93%) were diagnosed in childhood, of whom 94% had perinatally acquired HIV (Table 1)
  • 48 (7%) were diagnosed in adolescence, of whom 27% had perinatally acquired HIV, 25% sexually-acquired, and 48% had other or unknown mode of transmission
  • 94% (618/655) in the childhood group initiated ART compared to 81% (39/48) in the adolescent group.
  • At ART initiation, the median age was 2.2 years and 16.1 years in the childhood and adolescence group, respectively. 52% and 58% had advanced or severe WHO immunosuppression at ART start, respectively (Table 1).


Mar, 2020

Timing of HIV diagnosis in HIV-positive pregnant women giving birth in a high prevalence Russian region


Authors: Sconza R, Plotnikova Y, Plynsky A, Rozenberg V, Thorne C

Published in: 10th International Workshop on HIV & Women, 6th – 7 th March 2020, Boston, MA


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