Category Archives: TB

HIV and TB Co-Infection: A Perfect Storm

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Alberto Matteeli of Italy began his presentation on HIV and tuberculosis (TB) by reminding his audience that in the pre-antiretroviral therapy (ART) era in Europe and the United States, there were serious outbreaks of drug-resistant tuberculosis, and these outbreaks ceased when ART was scaled up in those settings.  There are currently HIV-associated epidemics of multi-drug […]

HPTN 052 “treatment is prevention” study team releases new details

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The presentation of the detailed findings of HPTN 052 by Dr. Myron Cohen, the study’s principal investigator, and his colleagues was greeted with a standing ovation by a packed room at the 2011 International AIDS Conference in Rome on Monday. The stunning finding of a more than 96 percent reduction in transmission risk for discordant couples where the HIV-infected partner was randomized to early antiretroviral therapy (ART) at CD4 counts of 350-550 compared to couples where ART was delayed for the infected partners until CD4 counts dropped to 250 or less, makes ART the most effective prevention intervention identified to date…