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Ending the HIV epidemic faces daunting barriers, former WHO HIV chief warns

The difficulty of bringing the HIV epidemic “down to zero” should not be underestimated, Kevin de Cock, former director of HIV for the World Health Organization (WHO),

Published
30 November 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Underfunding ‘nightmare’ hampers the global TB battle

There is a “nightmare of underfunding” for tuberculosis (TB), described by experts as “the greatest infectious disease killer on the planet”.

Published
31 October 2016
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Health-e
Early data indicates new regimen represents reprieve for patients with XDR TB

Data from an ongoing trial presented today indicates patients with extensively drug resistant tuberculosis for whom other treatments had failed, showed signs of full recovery from disease following a six-month regimen of two new tuberculosis drugs and one repurposed drug.

Published
31 October 2016
From
Science Speaks
TB Alliance partners with PepsiCo to advance the fight for improved medicines for children

TB Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing better and faster cures for tuberculosis (TB), today announced a unique collaboration with food and beverage company PepsiCo designed to improve the treatment for children with TB. Many of today’s TB treatments are very bitter or unpleasant in taste, which when compounded with the long duration of treatment for TB, can lead to low tolerance and poor compliance – especially among children.

Published
28 October 2016
From
TB Alliance
South Africa’s healthcare workers hard hit by TB infections

Exposure to infectious patients, high HIV rates and a lack of ventilation in facilities are some of the reasons healthcare workers in South Africa have the one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) infection rates in the world.

Published
27 October 2016
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Health-e
Final data backs early findings, WHO recommendations, showing shorter MDR TB treatment course working better

Presenting results today of a nine month treatment regimen that led to an 82 percent cure rate among 1006 patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, researchers called their findings a breakthrough that can support countries in adopting shorter, more effective and potentially less damaging treatment for TB that is resistant to more than one first line treatment.

Published
26 October 2016
From
Science Speaks
47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Even “free” TB treatment can come with catastrophic costs

Even before the costs of getting diagnosed, picked up in some high-tuberculosis incidence countries by patients themselves, and even before treatment brings its own costs, the financial toll of tuberculosis has already begun, a representative of the World Health Organization said today.

Published
26 October 2016
From
Science Speaks
2016 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2015: No Time To Lose

Tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.8 million people in 2015, making it the most deadly infectious disease worldwide, but funding for research into better TB prevention, diagnosis, and treatment dropped by US$53.4 million, according to Treatment Action Group’s 2016 Report on Tuberculosis Research Funding Trends, 2005–2015: No Time to Lose.

Published
26 October 2016
From
Treatment Action Group
Access: MSF reports on use of the new tuberculosis drugs bedaquiline and delamanid

Access to the new tuberculosis (TB) drugs remains severely limited worldwide, but MSF hopes its experience can inform and encourage wider use, while needed clinical research continues.

Published
26 October 2016
From
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
‘True Scale’ of India’s Tuberculosis Problem: 2.8 Million New Cases

Finally coming to terms with the enormity of its tuberculosis problem, India is preparing a radical overhaul and expansion of its national treatment program to fight an affliction that kills more adults worldwide than any other infectious disease.

Published
17 October 2016
From
New York Times
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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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