Daily Archives: February 25, 2015

CROI 2015: Trial to evaluate the use of health navigators to link HIV/TB patients to care and treatment fails to show positive results

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SEATTLE, WA –Patients randomized to the support of a health navigator were not more likely than those  who received standard of care to complete tuberculosis treatment or begin antiretroviral therapy within three months of HIV diagnosis, according to the results of a randomized trial presented here today. Ingrid Bassett from Massachusetts General hospital reported on […]

CROI 2015: Ambassador Birx talks about the tyranny of averages, actionable data, and “skeptical optimism”

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SEATTLE WASHINGTON – When Ambassador Deborah Birx comes to CROI, she’s returning to her roots, she told a hall full of scientists here today. She got her start in the science of tackling HIV, and as leader of the U.S. Military Research Program led efforts to find biomedical answers to the global pandemic. That work […]

CROI 2015: Direct transmission of X-DR TB is dominant in South Africa

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SEATTLE, WA —  The majority of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis cases in South Africa are due to transmission in this high HIV prevalence setting, and not the result of inadequate treatment, study results presented here today showed. Sarita Shah from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared the results and noted South Africa has […]

CROI 2015: Amid challenges facing HIV-infected children, “Breather” study offers teenagers hope for a break

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Study shows teenagers who took weekend breaks from anti-retroviral treatment fared as well as those whose treatment stayed continuous SEATTLE, WA – Some three years after the call for an “AIDS-free generation” set out a vision of a world in which no child is born with the virus, and thanks to timely diagnosis and treatment, […]

CROI 2015: Breastfeeding women in Africa with HIV go undiagnosed

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SEATTLE, WA –  Findings from household surveys across three African countries presented here Tuesday showed large numbers of HIV-infected women remaining undiagnosed while breastfeeding their infants despite some level of participation in antenatal and HIV testing services. Médecins Sans Frontières physician  David Maman presented the findings, from Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. The household surveys, conducted between […]