Category Archives: AIDS 2016 TB PreConference

AIDS 2016: Community health workers raise TB diagnoses in Malawi HIV clinic

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DURBAN, South Africa – The average number of monthly tuberculosis diagnoses among the HIV patients increased twenty-fold, and pediatric TB was diagnosed for the first time at a busy Malawi hospital after a pilot intervention provided community health workers already experienced in HIV screening and care linkage with a one-day training to learn to screen for tuberculosis, […]

AIDS 2016: Trial shows higher dose rifampicin could reduce deaths among TB/HIV patients who are severely immunosuppressed

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DURBAN, South Africa – About 30 percent of TB/HIV patients die within 12 months of starting TB treatment. Efforts to reduce the risk of death among these patients has focused primarily on accelerating start of HIV treatment. In a trial discussed Wednesday,  researchers explored whether changes in TB treatment could improve the odds of survival for these patients. The […]

AIDS 2016: TB preconference highlights response stymied by neglect of patient needs and research funding deficits

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DURBAN, South Africa – Calling for change in approaches to tuberculosis to address poverty, malnutrition and human rights, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease leader Jose Luis Castro, at a pre-conference event here Saturday, urged TB responders globally to embrace patient-centered approaches and language. That includes ending the use of nomenclature such as “TB suspect” and TB defaulters,” which […]

AIDS 2016: TB vaccine development in the 21st century takes new approaches

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DURBAN, South Africa – “Can we control tuberculosis without a vaccine?” asked Willem Hanekom, of the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation,  Saturday, and answered his own question: “No.” But if the goal continues to be imperative, the approach is changing, he told an audience at the TB 2016. On Saturday Hanekom led his audience through a description of […]