Category Archives: HIV/TB Co-infection

Underfunded tuberculosis programs often solely responsible for TB-HIV activities, report finds

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While tuberculosis remains the number one killer of people living with HIV – with one in three HIV-related deaths attributable to tuberculosis – the burden to provide TB-HIV integrated services falls heavily on tuberculosis programs, not HIV programs, a report from Action finds. The report, “From Policy to Practice: How the TB-HIV response is working,” […]

TB Elimination: India can Lead the Way

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As the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS gets underway today in New York, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with Congress this week. Tuberculosis advocates are hoping to see Prime Minister Modi and members of Congress renew their commitment to eliminating TB in India, which has one of the highest TB burdens […]

Integrated TB and HIV treatment adds up to increased survival, improved efficiencies, and new funding focus

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Around much of the world where rates of HIV-tuberculosis co-infection are highest, one of the challenges killing patients has been the wait to discover if their TB would respond to the most common treatments. A four-year South Africa study of co-infected patients showed starting treatment for HIV during the course of anti-tuberculosis treatment, rather than […]

Study: Does practice follow evolving TB-HIV guidelines, evidence?

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How long is the lag before the new becomes the norm? In the midst of evolving guidelines based on evidence surrounding the treatment of HIV and TB co-infection, the answer can be a matter of life and preventable death. And in resource poor settings, where changes to treatment can face more challenges, and where physicians […]

Study: PEPFAR focus countries saw significant impact on TB sickness and deaths

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With tuberculosis both the most common opportunistic illness and leading cause of death for people living with HIV, the connection between the two diseases has been documented and observed. What has been less documented is the impact of increased HIV responses on tuberculosis rates in countries hard hit by both epidemics. Now, a study in […]

Report from Maputo: Snapshots of TB/HIV efforts in Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Zambia:  TB Control Pilot generates recommendations In 2010 a Human Rights Watch report charged the Zambian prison system with severe overcrowding, gross human rights violations and conditions that perpetuate infectious diseases, notably tuberculosis. The report led to a partnership between the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan […]

Report from Maputo: Workshop to Scale Up TB/HIV Activities

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Maputo, Mozambique – The regional meeting to scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities in Africa kicked off in Maputo last week with presentations scheduled for 14 African country representatives to share progress and challenges in confronting TB/HIV co-infection in the most highly impacted region of the world. Less half of HIV-infected individuals being treated for TB […]

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 […]

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 […]

Global Fund TB allocation shows need for work, action, groups say

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When the Global Fund Board released its September meeting “decision points” document on funding allocation methods, it was, watchers noted, a part of a piece of a work in progress. But one decision will hold for the next year, and will impact efforts to roll out advances in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment — the decision […]