Category Archives: HIV/AIDS

PEPFAR adds to investment in rapid TB tests

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The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief will buy as many as an additional 150 rapid tuberculosis testing devices with materials to test about 450,000 people for tuberculosis, addressing a need to improve diagnoses of drug-resistant strains of disease, and to identify the disease in HIV-positive people in sub Saharan Africa and Myanmar, the Office […]

New report on children and TB, Global Fund considers new approaches to ending AIDS, and UK activists call for Blueprint

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Out of the Dark – Meeting the needs of children with TB: Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presented findings from their latest report on children and TB at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The study found that a whopping 93 percent of children tested for TB are misdiagnosed, […]

Focus, inclusion, aspiration and language highlight changes in 2013 PEPFAR Country Operational Plan Guidance

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What a difference a year can make, when sometime within that year a goal comes into focus. Every year the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief puts together a set of guidelines — a Guidance — on how to turn Country Operational Plans into the realities of setting, reaching and documenting goals to put epidemic-fighting […]

Study reveals effective preventive dose, pain drug for tuberculosis treatment, bad news and new steps in Uganda . . . and more

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New approaches to disease treatment and prevention, as well as failures in old approaches are part of what we’re reading this week . . .   NIH-Funded analysis estimates effective PrEP dosing for men who have sex with men: An analysis of data from the iPrEx study looked at the amount of the antiretroviral medicine […]

Lessons learned, lessons yet to be learned, Lancet’s MSM series, tuberculosis as kindling — HIV as the match, and more . . .

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JAIDS all-PEPFAR supplement is free online and gives a past, present, future look at the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief as a historic effort that can still look forward to its greatest accomplishments. While the emphasis is on the program’s successes and a pre-AIDS 2012 panel discussion was light on the “lessons learned” from […]

Subsequent HPTN 052 data shows early HIV treatment is even more beneficial to patient, cost-effective

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The good news keeps getting better for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study, which found last year that HIV-infected persons on antiretroviral therapy (ART) were 96 percent less likely to transmit the virus to an uninfected partner through vaginal sex. At the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington this week, two late-breaker sessions […]

PEPFAR recommends integrating international TB screening guidelines into prevention of mother to child HIV transmission work

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Pointing to mounting evidence of the impact of tuberculosis on the health of pregnant women and their children, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief is recommending improvements to efforts to detect the disease in settings offering health services to pregnant women, women with HIV, newborns, and children. “Recent studies have shown that HIV-infected pregnant […]

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]

WHO’s HIV/TB update latest move toward treatment as prevention

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The potential for antiretroviral medicine to reduce transmission of HIV and tuberculosis has been demonstrated, but the challenges of using treatment to prevent infection will need to be tackled country by country, and with focus on people for whom it will have the biggest impact, the latest bulletin on HIV treatment from the World Health […]