Category Archives: TB

“They go to die”: A quest to tell the story of HIV/TB among southern Africa’s gold miners

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The following is an interview with Jonathan Smith, writer and director of a documentary-in-progress entitled “They Go to Die,” highlighting the brutal toll of the dual HIV/TB epidemics among South Africa’s mine workers. Science Speaks sat down with Smith to discuss the film, what the epidemics look like on the ground in southern Africa, and what he is doing to raise the money needed to complete his documentary.

WHO reports decline in global TB rates, warns progress is at risk

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The number of people getting sick from tuberculosis (TB) each year is dropping, and the number of people dying from the disease fell to its lowest level in a decade. World Health Organization (WHO) representatives made the announcement Tuesday morning at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, along with the launch of the WHO 2011 […]

PEPFAR is poised to get on track to end AIDS

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For every 1,000 patient-years of PEPFAR-supported HIV treatment provided, 228 fewer HIV patients die, 449 fewer children become orphans, 61 fewer sexual HIV transmissions occur and 26 fewer “vertical” transmissions (e.g. mother-to-child) occur. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Scientific Advisory Board heard the new PEPFAR ART Cost Model data from John Blanford, PhD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Washington, DC, on September 14…