Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

Household-based HIV and TB intervention boosts HIV testing, lowers community TB prevalence

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At the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Dr. Helen Ayles presented some key results on behalf of the ZAMSTAR team from the first randomized trial of a combined HIV and TB intervention strategy to demonstrate a reduction in population prevalence of tuberculosis. The study, conducted in 24 communities in Zambia and […]

Global health community mourns the loss of Rep. Payne

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This week the global health community lost one of its most ardent supporters, Rep. Donald Payne (D -NJ).  Payne passed away Tuesday afternoon from complications related to colon cancer. During his 25 years in Congress, Payne worked tirelessly to further the cause of global health and humanitarian issues in general.  As one of the original […]

High dose of new HIV drug might improve outcomes for HIV/TB co-infected

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Treating patients co-infected with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) can be tricky – as rifampin, a key sterilizing drug in TB regimens – can reduce concentrations of antiretrovirals administered at the same time, as well as other drug-drug complications. Early efforts to combat this phenomenon have unearthed a potential treatment candidate – an increased dose of […]

Study finds decreased HIV risk at the population level from increased HIV treatment in the community

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A study presented at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle Thursday demonstrated the first empirical evidence of a population-level reduction in risk of acquiring HIV infection in communities with antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage of all HIV-infected people (greater than 20 percent). Dr. Frank Tanser of the Africa Center for Health […]

New tool tracks AIDS and the global burden of disease

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At a plenary session Thursday at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Christopher Murray, MD, PhD, presented preliminary data from the 2010 revision of the Global Burden of Disease.  This effort, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is aimed at analyzing global health trends to quantify the comparative magnitude of health […]