Author Archives: Christine Lubinski

IAS 2017: UNITAID, partners boost HIV self-test access in six African countries

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PARIS –The UNITAID-led HIV Self-Testing Africa consortium will expand the reach of its project from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabswe to include South Africa Lesotho and Swaziland leaders of the effort announced here Monday. That means the distribution of 4.8 million more tests, nearly half of which will go to South Africa. A UNITAID investment of […]

IAS 2017: UNAIDS numbers show returns, need for greater investment, international leaders say

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PARIS –  At a Saturday session here UNAIDS leader Michel Sidibé remembered his early days at UNICEF in Swaziland, when the sweep of HIV in southern Africa, ignored and neglected, threatened the survival of entire nations. “We were thinking that Botswana will not be on the map,” he said, “that Swaziland would disappear. It was […]

CROI 2017: Added support, speed and communication improve HIV service linkage and retention in Mozambique and South Africa

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SEATTLE – Providing immune cell testing and HIV treatment counseling immediately after a positive HIV test was the first in a series of measures that increased rapid linkage to care and retention at ten clinic sites in  Mozambique, data presented here Thursday showed. Measures in a randomized trial of interventions in Maputo and Inhambane Province also […]

CROI 2017: More evidence that TB preventive therapy saves lives of people with HIV highlights need for policies

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SEATTLE – At CROI 2015 the results of the TEMPRANO trial showed that early initiation of antiretroviral therapy and six months of isoniazid preventive therapy significantly reduced illness including tuberculosis in patients with HIV.  On Wednesday, Anani Badje from the TEMPRANO group provided long-term follow-up results from this same study that confirmed the value of […]

CROI 2017: Continuing HIV treatment for new mothers in maternal and child health programs improves outcomes

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SEATTLE –  Providing antiretroviral therapy to pregnant women in antenatal care settings has become commonplace in sub-Saharan African settings, but keeping these women in care after their babies are born has been challenging.  Continuing antiretroviral treatment services for  women in settings where postnatal services are provided to them and their infants is a “simple and […]

ASTMH 2016: Impacts of TB go widely unrecognized, unaddressed in maternal and child health services

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ATLANTA, Ga – Modeling suggests that tuberculosis is responsible for 6 to 15 percent of all maternal mortality. But real data remains elusive. While evidence indicates greater risks for women during pregnancy of progressing from tuberculosis infection to illness, national TB reporting in highly affected countries does not include information on whether patients are pregnant […]

ASTMH 2016: Initiative engages low-income countries in responses to antimicrobial resistance

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ATLANTA, Ga – Eight years ago, the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy broadened its U.S.-based work on antimicrobial resistance to reach out to a small number of low-income countries. The goal, presenters here said Wednesday, was to support creation of in-country groups that could build national responses to antimicrobial resistance. The hope, Hellen […]

ASTMH 2016: Online resource offers platform for clinicians and researchers working on drug-resistant tuberculosis

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ATLANTA, Ga – An interactive online portal now allows clinicians and researchers across five countries heavily affected by drug-resistant tuberculosis to exchange and analyze information that includes X-rays, scans, genomic information and clinical data that includes types of resistance, co-infections, and outcomes of patients whose disease does not respond to the two most effective TB […]

ASTMH 2016: HIV cure trials can meet challenges in Africa, researcher says

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ATLANTA, Ga –  The challenges the quest for an HIV cure faces include the failure of every strategy so far, dissension surrounding patient selection for trials, and a reservoir of HIV virus that will only dissipate of its own accord over a 70-year period in most HIV-infected individuals, Dr. Robert Murphy from Northwestern University said […]

ASTMH 2016: Fungal infections still kill too many people with HIV

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ATLANTA, Ga – By the time the vast majority of people who have HIV reach testing and treatment for the virus, they have had it long enough, Greg Greene of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said here today, that they are vulnerable to deadly fungal infections. One, cryptococcal meningitis, causes 11 percent […]