Category Archives: HIV/TB Co-infection

Global Fund countries respond to realities, make more of their money

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Facing uncertain future funding, countries receiving grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria have used what they know about their own epidemics to redirect money to programs where it will have its greatest impact, the latest edition of Aidspan’s Global Fund Observer reports. The Fund has encouraged the effort during renewal […]

TB Treatment Trial Raises Hopes

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Researchers who tested the safety and effectiveness of a new approach to tuberculosis treatment in recent global clinical trials are saying the results offer hope that a drug that could shorten the period during which patients can spread the disease to others, while addressing multi-drug-resistant infections. Researchers are calling the development of a new drug […]

UN: World will fall short of ambitious 2015 HIV/AIDS goals

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The United Nations (UN) General Assembly gave some bad news Monday – the 2015 global HIV/AIDS targets will not be met unless there is significant scale up in several areas. The targets were set by the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV and AIDS. The declaration was adopted […]

Antiretroviral therapy as prevention: TB

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Stephen Lawn reminded the audience at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver on Wednesday that antiretroviral therapy (ART) goes a long way to protect HIV-infected individuals from tuberculosis (TB). The HIV-associated TB epidemic requires “radical interventions,” according to Lawn.  “DOTS [directly observed TB therapy, short course] just isn’t doing it.” He called the […]

TB medical providers and advocates urge South Africa to approve compassionate use of experimental TB drug

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Global health groups reached out to the Medicines Control Council (MCC) in South Africa Thursday advocating “compassionate use” of an exploratory multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment known as TMC-207 or bedaquiline. The compassionate use concept allows patients access to promising new drug candidates in clinical trials when current treatment options have proven unsuccessful and is endorsed […]

Tackling TB/HIV co-infection in Africa: An interview with CDC’s Dr. Bess Miller

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Science Speaks continues its interview series exploring the global HIV and tuberculosis research and development efforts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with a conversation with Bess Miller, MD, MSc, who works in the Division of Global HIV/AIDS. Dr. Miller has served as associate director and team lead for HIV/TB, providing leadership in policy and implementation of TB/HIV activities in 43 resource-limited countries supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She has worked to align PEPFAR TB/HIV priorities with the World Health Organization (WHO) policies on TB/HIV, and on the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in people living with HIV (PLHIV). In this interview Dr. Miller discusses the successes and challenges in implementing TB infection control in Africa, progress in deploying the GeneXpert MTB/RIF rapid TB diagnostic on the ground there, and how efforts to scale up access to ART are helping achieve goals in TB control and elimination.

Global Fund overhaul is well underway

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Dr. Christoph Benn, director of Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, updated global health community advocates Wednesday on the recent tumult at the multilateral organization. Since Columbian banker Gabriel Jaramillo was appointed to head up the Fund in January, the Secretariat has been consumed with “internal […]

Updated U.S. HIV treatment guidelines call for HIV treatment for all

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated HIV treatment guidelines on March 27 which, among other things, maintain that all people living with HIV in the U.S. are now eligible to receive antiretroviral therapy (ART), regardless of CD4 cell count. Previous guidance recommended ART for those HIV-infected with a CD4 cell […]

The voices of TB

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Former tuberculosis (TB) patients from around the world  offered a unique glimpse at the impact of the disease on individuals, and the toll it takes on family and friends, by telling their personal stories at an event hosted by The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in late March to honor World TB Day. “Too often we focus on the tragedy – […]

Engaging the private sector to spur global development and save the foreign assistance budget

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Foreign assistance experts gathered Wednesday to discuss the George W. Bush administration’s legacy on global development, focusing on lessons learned and applying them to the next decade and beyond, at an event hosted by the Consensus for Development Reform and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network in Washington. The panel discussion revolved around a central theme […]