Category Archives: What we’re reading

What we’re reading: Before the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, we’re reading how fair pricing and policies can end TB

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With the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health about to open in the Hague Wednesday, with a theme of “Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions,” befitting the city of justice, we’re reading how fair pricing and responsive policies can speed progress against an ancient disease. And stay tuned — Science Speaks will be […]

What we’re reading: Treatment is prevention, TB is a priority, welcome words and more

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“This means that people who take ART daily as prescribed . . . and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner . . .” With these words the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effectively put on the record a truth […]

We’re reading about tuberculosis, and why one day a year is not enough

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Friday was the official World TB Day, a single calendar page set aside to send the message that TB continues to spread — with 10.4 million cases last year, a million among children — that TB continues to take a needless toll — of 1.8 million in 2016 alone, that drug-resistant TB poses a growing worldwide threat, and […]

The forgotten killer, a need for shorter, better treatment, a measure of failures to diagnose children, and the impacts of inequity . . . We’re reading about tuberculosis

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Energizing the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa – A  history of inequality, a government’s long refusal to acknowledge the virus, a donor relationship in perpetual transition . . . these are among the challenges to controlling HIV in this epicenter of the pandemic. But, this report notes, one of the biggest challenges to success […]

New report on children and TB, Global Fund considers new approaches to ending AIDS, and UK activists call for Blueprint

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Out of the Dark – Meeting the needs of children with TB: Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presented findings from their latest report on children and TB at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The study found that a whopping 93 percent of children tested for TB are misdiagnosed, […]

Study reveals effective preventive dose, pain drug for tuberculosis treatment, bad news and new steps in Uganda . . . and more

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New approaches to disease treatment and prevention, as well as failures in old approaches are part of what we’re reading this week . . .   NIH-Funded analysis estimates effective PrEP dosing for men who have sex with men: An analysis of data from the iPrEx study looked at the amount of the antiretroviral medicine […]

A platform to end AIDS, new approaches to disease detection, and more . . .

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AIDS Foundation of Chicago President David Ernesto Munar’s testimony to the Democratic National Committee’s Platform group: This and the accompanying proposed platform recommendations lay out both the realities of AIDS now, and policies to address them, at home and around the world. His remarks review the disproportionate impact of the American epidemic on members of […]

Lessons learned, lessons yet to be learned, Lancet’s MSM series, tuberculosis as kindling — HIV as the match, and more . . .

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JAIDS all-PEPFAR supplement is free online and gives a past, present, future look at the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief as a historic effort that can still look forward to its greatest accomplishments. While the emphasis is on the program’s successes and a pre-AIDS 2012 panel discussion was light on the “lessons learned” from […]

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 […]

PEPFAR releases report to Congress, an update on drug-resistant TB in India, and more…

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The following “What We’re Reading” selection is a collection of articles, commentary and resources making headlines recently in global health news. PEPFAR releases 8th annual report to Congress: The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program delivered its 8th annual report to Congress recently. The five-page document outlines the program’s progress as of […]