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Xpert TB Takes Twice Longer Than Standard TB Test In HIV+ Of Durban

Xpert MTB/RIF testing for pulmonary tuberculosis in a central lab took twice longer than sputum smear microscopy among HIV-positive patients with suspected pulmonary TB in Durban, South Africa. The authors believe Xpert results in “operational delays that limit the test's clinical utility for diagnosing pulmonary TB” in their patients.

Published
09 December 2014
From
International AIDS Society
UNITAID: Tuberculosis diagnostics technology and market landscape – 3rd edition

UNITAID releases today its 2014 Tuberculosis Diagnostics Technology and Market Landscape, detailing the promising pipeline of products and technologies to diagnose tuberculosis (TB). The report highlights current and emerging technologies from over 80 manufacturers and developers, including products which are smaller, simpler and easier to use.

Published
01 October 2014
From
EATG
Reduced treatment delays for people with drug-resistant TB and HIV co-infection through decentralised care and rapid Xpert MTB/RIF test

Decentralisation of drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) management and use of the Xpert MTB/RIF test improves the time from clinic presentation to treatment from 50 days to 7 days

Published
23 July 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
From Rhetoric to Reality: An Analysis of Efforts to Scale Up The Response to TB-HIV

A new research report from ACTION global health shows that joint TB-HIV activities are neglected by HIV programs and overwhelmingly carried out by TB programs, and that global guidelines to address TB-HIV have not been prioritized by leading donors and affected countries.

Published
22 July 2014
From
ACTION
South Africa: Antiretrovirals Credited for TB Decline

South Africa is seeing about 79,000 fewer TB cases annually thanks to increased HIV treatment uptake, according to the latest research from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID)

Published
13 June 2014
From
Health-e
Mass TB Tests 'Would Save Billions'

A World Bank study has estimated that South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique could save approximately 13 billion rand a year in increased productivity and reduced TB transmission by spending 330 million rand per year to test and treat miners in the gold and platinum mining industry for TB.

Published
31 March 2014
From
Business Daily
Poor Diagnosis Driving Global Multidrug-Resistant TB, WHO Warns

In 2012, fewer than 25 percent of the 500,000 people with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR TB) infections received a diagnosis, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, many MDR TB-infected individuals received the wrong treatment or no treatment at all.

Published
24 March 2014
From
Reuters
South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB

Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment.

Published
12 March 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Xpert TB test doesn’t reduce morbidity but it does have important advantages

While it is disappointing that the Xpert did not confer a morbidity or mortality benefit, its advantages include quicker and easier diagnosis with less work for health workers.

Published
10 March 2014
From
HIV i-Base
CROI 2014: GeneXpert real world study yields mixed results, highlights SA health system challenges

Gavin Churchyard and Katherine Fielding presented results this morning from the XPert for TB: Evaluating a New Diagnostic Trial (EXTEND) on the question of whether Xpert MTB/RIF diagnostic test reduces early mortality in adults with suspected TB, facilitates earlier initiation of TB treatment and antiretroviral therapy and reduces the number of patients

Published
05 March 2014
From
Science Speaks
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