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Hope's story: "Having TB and HIV is not easy but I am fighting hard"

Sitting in her small flat that she once shared with friends in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, Hope (27), a sex worker chronicles life from her first diagnosis with tuberculosis (TB) and later HIV. A journey, she says, that has never been easy.

Published
24 March 2016
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AVERT
Battling TB and other outbreaks “staff, stuff, space, and systems ” still lacking

Paul Farmer first saw multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the early 1990s in Haiti, from where he smuggled a patient’s sputum sample to test for drug resistance in Boston. Months later, Partners in Health co-founder Dr. Jim Kim with other colleagues discovered a cluster of fifty MDR-TB patients in a squatter settlement of 100,000 in Lima, Peru. That’s when they started to talk to the world about the emergence of MDR-TB.

Published
24 March 2016
From
Science Speaks
Just 2% of people with the severest cases of drug-resistant TB currently have access to new, more effective treatments

Two years after two new drugs to treat tuberculosis—the first in over 50 years—were conditionally approved for use, only 2% of the 150,000 people who need them have been able to access them, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Published
24 March 2016
From
Médecins Sans Frontières
WHO calls on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis"

While there has been significant progress in the fight against TB, with 43 million lives saved since 2000, the battle is only half-won: over 4 000 people lose their lives each day to this leading infectious disease. Many of the communities that are most burdened by tuberculosis are those that are poor, vulnerable and marginalized.

Published
24 March 2016
From
World Health Organization
With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding

When House Appropriations Committee members in 2014 asked then USAID Administrator Raj Shah how the U.S. could combat tuberculosis globally with 19 percent less money, he said not to worry. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would fill the gap, he said.

Published
21 March 2016
From
Science Speaks
Proactively treating HIV patients at risk for tuberculosis with multidrug TB therapy doesn’t save more lives

In what investigators say is a surprise finding, results of a new study appear to strongly affirm the effectiveness of prescribing the anti-tuberculosis drug isoniazid alone — in place of the standard four-drug regimen — to prevent TB and reduce death in people with advanced HIV/AIDS infections. Those with HIV and AIDS are highly susceptible to TB.

Published
21 March 2016
From
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Migrants in Europe at higher risk of tuberculosis

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe warns that people from the most vulnerable groups in Europe, including migrants and refugees, are at higher risk of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, said a a spokesperson here on Thursday.

Published
18 March 2016
From
Xinhua
How HIV infection increases the risk of tuberculosis

A study published in PLOS Pathogens suggests that it is not a general weakening of the immune system by HIV that initially leads to loss of Mtb control, but rather that HIV is associated with a failure to prevent harmful immune responses. As HIV disease progresses, the weakening immune system's focus on antiviral responses leaves it largely defenseless against the Mtb pathogen.

Published
18 March 2016
From
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Statins cut tuberculosis treatment time in mice

In a study using mice, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine infectious disease experts have added to evidence that statin drugs -- known primarily for their cholesterol-lowering effects -- can significantly reduce the time it takes to clear tuberculosis infection.

Published
16 March 2016
From
EurekAlert (press release)
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.

Published
14 March 2016
From
Science Daily

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