Category Archives: TB

Researchers, actress agree: Following past lapses, future in TB, HIV prevention promising, challenging

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In the giddy talk of a turning tide and the chance for an “AIDS-free generation,” a look at the recent history of responses to tuberculosis, the science surrounding that disease as it stands now, and what, after a period of premature complacency in the middle of the last century, yet is to be done to […]

Subsequent HPTN 052 data shows early HIV treatment is even more beneficial to patient, cost-effective

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The good news keeps getting better for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study, which found last year that HIV-infected persons on antiretroviral therapy (ART) were 96 percent less likely to transmit the virus to an uninfected partner through vaginal sex. At the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington this week, two late-breaker sessions […]

Haitian prison an incubator for disease, but treatment for multidrug-resistant TB remains out of reach

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When the January 2010 earthquake cracked the walls of Haiti’s National Penitentiary, the roughly 4,500 prisoners caged inside fled into the streets of Port Au Prince. They left a place built to hold about 1,000 men that had gotten so crowded that prisoners shared sheets turned into hammocks, and window ledges for beds, while others, […]

New combo TB regimen proves potent and effective in Phase-II trials

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Combination testing paradigm would reduce novel regimen testing time from decades to years

Early clinical trial results are promising for a new combination tuberculosis (TB) drug therapy that is proving potent and could reduce treatment time to just four months for patients with drug-sensitive TB as well as many drug-resistant strains…

TB response requires momentum of AIDS activism

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Treatment Action Group’s leader Mark Harrington did not mince words Saturday at a consultation meeting on HIV and tuberculosis (TB) co-infection preceding the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington. Promoting TAG’s collaborative effort calling for “Zero TB Deaths, Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Stigma,” Harrington was an invited panelist asked to discuss progress and […]

“Asleep at the Wheel:” The early response to the twin epidemics TB-HIV

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We often cite the fact that tuberculosis (TB) fueled the spread of HIV in southern Africa, said Diane Havlir, MD, of the University of California at San Francisco and co-Chair of the 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC). But AIDS also shaped the enormous spread of TB seen in southern Africa during the late 80s and […]

WHO’s TB chief: ‘We have to be bold’

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Dr. Mario Raviglione has been the director of the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Department since 2003. He spoke with John Donnelly about his frustrations with detecting cases of multidrug-resistant TB as well as with delays in accomplishing widespread availablity of the GeneXpert machine, which can detect drug-resistant TB in two hours, compared to two […]

PEPFAR recommends integrating international TB screening guidelines into prevention of mother to child HIV transmission work

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Pointing to mounting evidence of the impact of tuberculosis on the health of pregnant women and their children, the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief is recommending improvements to efforts to detect the disease in settings offering health services to pregnant women, women with HIV, newborns, and children. “Recent studies have shown that HIV-infected pregnant […]

CDC looks at TB/HIV syndemic, Lancet looks at expectations for Jim Kim, studies look at lower HIV risks for gay fathers, importance of healthy vaginas, and more. . .

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CDC’s Grand Rounds feature examines past, future of HIV/TB response: In a world where an estimated 160 people die of tuberculosis every hour, where 25 percent of HIV/AIDS-related deaths are caused by TB, and where 9 million people can be expected to develop the disease each year, while untreatable forms of infection have emerged, “much […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]