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‘Significant success’ in reducing TB and HIV/Aids in SA’s prisons

Data presented at a five-day stakeholder meeting shows ‘significant success in screening and treatment for tuberculosis in Free State, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal prisons.

16 March 2017
Medical Brief
IDSA Guidelines Recommend Newer Tests to Diagnose Tuberculosis

Patients at risk for latent or active tuberculosis (TB) infection should be assessed with newer tests, including interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) and molecular diagnostics, recommend guidelines on TB diagnosis developed by the American Thoracic Society (ATS), Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Advances in testing prompted the first new guidelines on TB diagnosis in 17 years.

19 December 2016
The Lancet: Migrants screened for active tuberculosis pose negligible risk of spreading infection but can still get disease later

Tuberculosis incidence in the UK has declined over the past four years, with fewer numbers of new migrants diagnosed with the disease. A new study, published in The Lancet finds that migrants arriving on visas to the UK from countries at high risk of TB and who were pre-screened for TB, pose a negligible risk of onwards infection, despite being at increased risk of developing TB themselves.

13 October 2016
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
New insight into the progression of tuberculosis infection

A new study suggests it may be possible to predict which people infected with TB will develop the disease.

07 September 2016
Imperial College London
Training community health workers to perform intensified TB case finding associated with a surge in TB diagnoses in a rural Malawi study

Intensified tuberculosis case finding (TB ICF) by community health workers was associated with a dramatic (20-fold) increase in TB case detection at a very busy antiretroviral therapy

02 August 2016
Theo Smart
New TB skin test safe, easy to use

A new skin test for latent M. tuberculosis, was safe and easy to use, and addresses the problem of false positive skin test results in patients who have received the BCG vaccine, according to data presented at the American Thoracic Society 2016 International Conference.

24 May 2016
Leave no one behind: Stop TB Partnership launches seven key population briefs

The Stop TB Partnership today launched a series of briefs on TB key populations recognizing that reaching everyone with services, diagnostics, treatment and care is essential to ending the TB epidemic.

17 May 2016
Stop TB Partnership
Isoniazid alone prevents tuberculosis in people with advanced HIV, urine test may lower mortality

Using isoniazid alone to prevent the development of active tuberculosis (TB) in people with advanced HIV disease was equally effective and better tolerated than a common four-drug empirical

25 March 2016
Liz Highleyman
Low cost, 25 min TB-test could help reduce tuberculosis death rate among patients with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

A low cost, easy to use, urine test to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) among patients with HIV could help reduce the TB death rate of HIV-positive patients in hospital, according to a new study published in The Lancet today.

14 March 2016
Science Daily
Empirical TB treatment comes up short again

A South African trial has found that a strategy allowing primary care nurses to quickly provide empirical tuberculosis (TB) treatment for newly diagnosed people with advanced HIV disease

26 February 2016
Theo Smart
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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