Monthly Archives: August 2013

Study: PEPFAR focus countries saw significant impact on TB sickness and deaths

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With tuberculosis both the most common opportunistic illness and leading cause of death for people living with HIV, the connection between the two diseases has been documented and observed. What has been less documented is the impact of increased HIV responses on tuberculosis rates in countries hard hit by both epidemics. Now, a study in […]

Agreement on HIV-blindness medicine hoped to increase treatment, diagnosis — and add to understanding of late ARV access impact

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Faded from memory in developed countries since the advent of antiretroviral treatment, and under-diagnosed in low- and middle-income countries where treatment has remained out of reach for many, cytomegalovirus retinitis, the disease that causes HIV-related blindness, has been called the neglected opportunistic infection of the AIDS pandemic. A recently released study suggests the scope of […]

Study finds more asymptomatic HIV patients staying in care than estimated; mortality of those untreated “not unsubstantial”

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A study released this week examining the outcomes of Ugandan patients considered “lost to follow-up” counters a widely held assumption that people entering care for HIV while still relatively healthy are not sufficiently motivated to follow medical directions and to remain in care. The study was released this week by Clinical Infectious Diseases with the self-explanatory […]

Community driven approaches, engaging affected populations, PEER awards . . . We’re reading about how to get science to people

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Getting outside the HIV prevention “comfort zone”: “I know that if you get anti-retroviral drugs into someone’s blood, they suppress the virus . . .” says Linda-Gail Bekker, chief operating officer of the South Africa-based Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, in this IRIN article, “But now we have to put this together so it works, which […]