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New UK guidance points the way to tackling tuberculosis among hard-to-reach groups

New public health guidance from NICE published today, ahead of World TB day (24 March), provides a blueprint for improving the way tuberculosis (TB) is identified and managed among groups of people who are hard to reach through traditional health care services.

Published
26 March 2012
From
NICE press release
Low CD4 cell count increases risk of severe forms of extra-pulmonary TB

A low CD4 cell count is associated with more severe forms of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), US investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The mortality

Published
26 March 2012
By
Michael Carter
India: Every HIV-TB patient will now undergo MDR-TB tests

Dr Pradeep Gaikwad said, “Guidelines have been revised to tackle late detection of MDR-TB. Until now, we first tried basic course treatment for HIV-TB person and, if it didn’t work, we tested for MDR-TB to start advanced drug regimen. But from now on, every HIV-TB patient will undergo MDR-TB tests.”

Published
24 March 2012
From
Daily News & Analysis
TB, HIV, mothers and children: time for action

This year’s World TB Day edition of HATIP focusses on the needs of pregnant women and children with TB.

Published
23 March 2012
From
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Can social protection improve tuberculosis control?

Whether current approaches to tackle tuberculosis can be integrated with social protection strategies was the subject of a recent meeting in London. Pamela Das reports.

Published
23 March 2012
From
The Lancet
Tuberculosis rises 8% in London - HPA figures

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there were 3,588 new cases in the capital in 2011 - up from 3,309 the year before. The rise is thought to be connected to a rise in homelessness in the city.Nationally TB increased by 5%.

Published
23 March 2012
From
BBC
UGANDA: Senior health officials suspended amid TB drug shortage

Uganda's Minister of Health, Christine Ondoa, has suspended several senior health officials, including the managers of the national HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programmes, for poor performance and drug shortages.

Published
23 March 2012
From
IRIN Plus News
SOUTH AFRICA: Children with TB below the health radar

To a casual observer the two dozen children running round in the grassy schoolyard look like ordinary kids playing, but the surrounding buildings are the wards of the Brooklyn Chest Hospital (BCH), which specializes in treating severe cases of tuberculosis (TB), a disease rarely associated with children.

Published
23 March 2012
From
IRIN Plus News
SOUTHERN AFRICA: TB preventative therapy scorecard

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading killer of HIV-positive people globally. Almost 15 years ago the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS recommended that people living with HIV be given isoniazid preventative TB therapy (IPT), to prevent active TB, but national implementation of IPT has been slow.

Published
23 March 2012
From
IRIN Plus News
Childhood tuberculosis a “hidden epidemic”

Globally, an estimated 200 children die from tuberculosis every day despite the availability of cheap drugs to prevent and treat this highly infectious condition, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Published
22 March 2012
From
IRIN Plus News

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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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