Tag Archives: co-infection

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 […]

High TB Rates Among Children in Cape Town Should Set Off Alarms in Washington

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As the Obama Administration re-jiggers US foreign assistance policy in general and global health in particular, this op-ed by Dr. Robin Wood, a leading South African physician-researcher, highlights a growing—but little-noticed—explosion in tuberculosis in Cape Town. His startling research there, focusing on TB rates among young children, is a sign of the escalating threat posed […]

DOTS Not Enough When it Comes to TB in South Africa

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Dr. Robin Wood, director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town, has many startling slides to illustrate the astronomical problem of tuberculosis in South Africa—from photos of desperately poor, overcrowded shantytowns in the Western Cape to graphs that document the escalating rates of HIV/TB co-infection in his native country. But there’s one image […]

South Africa's Health Problems Put Under the Lancet's Microscope

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When it comes to health-related news, South Africa is usually a source of grim tales and bleak statistics, from the declining life expectancy rates to the escalating threat of HIV/TB co-infection. A just-published series of articles in The Lancet documents, in relentless detail, the health challenges that South Africa currently faces. But the Lancet articles […]

New vaccine would revolutionize the fight against tuberculosis…if funding is available

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How could the world dramatically lower the incidence of tuberculosis and save millions of lives?  An effective TB vaccine would revolutionize the response to TB, which kills about 5000 people each day, and eliminate the need for lengthy and often difficult drug treatment.    An effective vaccine would be of tremendous benefit all over the world, including […]

A Call for Urgent Action to Address HIV/TB Co-infection

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Leading disease experts will call on President Obama and Congress to mount a concerted and comprehensive response to the deadly alliance between HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis at a Capitol Hill briefing this Thursday, June 25.  The call to action from America’s top HIV/TB scientists and physicians comes in conjunction with the release of a new report, […]

Let Us Showcase Your Work, Send Us Your Stories

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  As policymakers in Washington make vital funding and program decisions on global health, we need to showcase the work of global HIV/AIDS and TB scientists and physicians who are on the front-lines of preventing and treating these twin global epidemics.   We’re looking for compelling stories about what’s happening in the research labs, the clinical […]

Nothing to sneeze at

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It’s not enough, but Congress did provide a small surprise boost in bilateral TB funding for this fiscal year-padding the FY09 appropriations bill with an extra $7.5 million for combating global tuberculosis. Overall, the bill includes $162.5 million for global TB, a little more than the $155 million global HIV/AIDS & TB advocates had anticipated. […]