Author Archives: Rabita Aziz

IDWeek 2019: Malnutrition is a major driver of TB epidemic globally

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WASHINGTON, DC – Malnutrition is a significant risk factor for developing active tuberculosis disease, accounting for one quarter of all 1.6 million tuberculosis cases globally, while other risk factors like smoking and diabetes are attributed with 16% and 7.5% of infections respectively, researchers said here Tuesday. In spite of that, Dr. Natasha Hochberg of Boston […]

IAS 2019: Collapse of Venezuela’s health infrastructure dismantles HIV response

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MEXICO CITY – A decade ago, Venezuela had one of the most progressive responses to its HIV epidemic in the world. In the 1990s the country’s Supreme Court mandated that the government provide lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, catalyzing a national HIV program which provided comprehensive care to everyone who qualified. Now, after more than five years […]

IAS 2019: Scientist highlights the weight of the smallest organism in HIV risk

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MEXICO CITY – When you think of factors associated with increased risks of acquiring HIV, big pictures of marginalization, discrimination, geographic location, economic inequities and gender inequality might come to mind. With two maps here on Tuesday, a scientist zeroed in on a factor that, while literally microscopic, can also make a great difference: bacteria. On […]

IAS 2019: While dispelling concerns of DPM HIV risk, ECHO study yields data on STIs, PrEP interest, pregnancy rates

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MEXICO CITY – Women using Depo Provera as a long acting, injectable hormonal contraceptive showed lower rates of sexually transmitted infection that include chlamydia and gonorrhea, during a study undertook with the primary aim of assessing whether the drug raised risks of HIV infection. This is one in several findings released Monday from the Evaluation of […]

IAS 2019: Data shows indigenous, nonbinary populations among those missed by HIV epidemic ending efforts

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MEXICO CITY – Indigenous communities in the Americas are largely being left out of efforts to achieve UNAIDS’ global HIV elimination targets of 90 percent of people knowing their HIV status by 2020, 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people on treatment achieving viral suppression, indigenous leaders […]

IAS 2019: Preventing TB — the leading killer of people with HIV — remains tangential to global HIV responses

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MEXICO CITY – In a day-long, pre-conference meeting devoted to addressing tuberculosis prevention among people living with HIV, which continues to account for one in three HIV-related deaths globally, experts discussed the urgent need to listen to communities about their TB prevention needs and offer people-centered interventions. This includes integrating TB prevention services at family planning […]

Global Health Security 2019: Panel highlights communities’ value in global health security

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SYDNEY – Greater meaningful engagement with communities confronting disease threats should be prioritized in efforts to strengthen global health security moving forward, leaders said here on Thursday. Communities and their cultural practices and traditions should no longer be viewed as obstacles getting in the way of implementing activities related to preventing, detecting and responding to […]

Global Health Security 2019: Pharmacists play key role in reducing antimicrobial resistance in countries with limited health resources

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SYDNEY – Cold, flu, sore throat, even headaches and body aches were all conditions that pharmacology students in Sri Lanka, questioned in a recent study, said could be treated with antibiotics. These answers were among a series highlighting wide gaps in critical knowledge necessary to protect infection-fighting drugs, discovered among future pharmacists in the South […]

Global Health Security 2019: Preparation for outbreaks and for climate change impacts overlap in Pacific Islands

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SYDNEY – How do you ensure health security for a population scattered over 15 islands dispersed over 690,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean? Partnership, collaboration and coordination, Dr. Josephine Herman, Secretary of Health of the Cook Islands said here on Wednesday. Herman is tasked with keeping the small island nation safe from pandemic influenza, outbreaks […]

Global Health Security 2019: Unmet needs increase worldwide threat of drug-resistant TB

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SYDNEY – When Merinda Sebayang was undergoing treatment for multidrug-resistant TB in Indonesia – a nation with the third highest tuberculosis burden in the world after India and China – she would wonder about the tens of thousands of people living in poverty who couldn’t afford enough food for TB treatment to work, she said […]