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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
HIV patients in Africa with a specific genetic variant have much lower rate of TB

In the first known discovery of its kind, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team has found that HIV patients in Africa with a certain genetic variant have a 63-percent lower chance of developing tuberculosis than HIV patients without the genetic variant.

Published
10 March 2016
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Screen High-Risk Adults for Tuberculosis, Experts Say

Adults at greater risk for latent tuberculosis infection should be screened for the condition, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends.

Published
09 March 2016
From
U.S. News & World Report
South Africa’s XDR-TB epidemic is due to transmission rather than evolution of resistant strains

A study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, evaluating the social networks as well as clinical and genotypic data from individuals with extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) has concluded that

Published
04 March 2016
By
Theo Smart
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

Published
26 February 2016
By
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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