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IDWeek 2020: A look at HIV, COVID-19 in America highlights the role of racism as a vector of infectious diseases

The 2020 Edward H. Kass Lecture: “All policy is health policy” When the disparate and damaging impacts of HIV and AIDS on Black Americans across the United States finally began to draw notice in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the recognition came with an assumption. Those most affected by the epidemic, common wisdom had […]

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IDWeek 2020: Dr. Frieden, WHO’s Dr. Ryan wrap up “Chasing the Sun” with a look at COVID-19 as a long term public health threat

Get to know this new coronavirus well. “”We’re not halfway through it,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said, in the concluding session of “Chasing the Sun,” a 24-hour global view of the pandemic that opened IDWeek 2020’s virtual gathering of infectious diseases specialists worldwide. Calling the […]

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The 51st Union Conference on Lung Health: Four-month regimen cures TB as well as standard six-month treatment course

A shorter four-month drug regimen to treat tuberculosis is as safe and effective as the standard six-month regimen in curing drug-susceptible TB, researchers presented at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health being held virtually this week. The shorter regimen – the first successful short treatment regimen for TB identified in more than 40 […]

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Will the Oct. 22 FDA COVID-19 vaccine EUA meeting discuss the statistical basis for requiring at least five severe cases in placebo group of Phase 3 vaccine studies? 

By Daniel R. Lucey M.D., MPH, FIDSA In reference to potential enhanced respiratory disease associated with COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration briefing document for the Oct. 22 public advisory committee meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization states (on p. 11 of Appendix II): “Sufficient cases of severe COVID-19 among study […]

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National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: An overlooked crisis leads to missed opportunities

Dr. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos is the vice-chair of the board of directors of the Latino Commission on AIDS, and director and founder of the Center for Latino […]

Tuberculosis

Cost of pandemic includes setbacks to South Africa tuberculosis testing, diagnoses

In the six weeks before South Africa responded its first diagnoses of COVID-19 with the start of physical distancing measures, more than 47,000 people on average […]

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CDC urges physicians, parents to be on lookout for AFM, a polio-like illness seen predominately in children

With 2018 data showing highest incidence acute flaccid myelitis since monitoring began, officials say awareness, recognition of rare life threatening condition will be crucial to early […]

Policy

As environmental destruction accelerates the spread of emerging infections, we need to talk

By Karen Carvajal, M.D. Over the course of human history we have come a long way in our fight against the threat of infectious diseases and, […]