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PEPFAR Raided to Meet Global Fund Pledge in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013

The Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2013 budget today with a proposed $1.65 billion funding level—an increase of 26.9 percent – for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to meet the US pledge of $4 billion over 3 years.  This substantial and welcome budget request for the Global fund clearly came at the expense of PEPFAR, the U.S.’s flagship bilateral program which is slated for a stunning cut of $542.9 million—a reduction of almost 13 percent. 

Published
13 February 2012
From
Science Speaks
HIV and TB in Practice for nurses

This is the first of a special monthly edition of HATiP for nurses and other health care workers involved in task-shifting in sub-Saharan Africa.

Published
03 February 2012
From
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Inaccurate TB blood tests commonplace in many TB high-burden countries

Although recent press attention has highlighted the problematic use of TB serological tests by medical providers in India, a new paper in The European Respiratory Journal (Widespread use of serological tests for tuberculosis: data from 22 high-burden countries) demonstrates that the use of these tests is much wider spread.

Published
03 February 2012
From
Science Speaks
Enrollment complete for REMOX TB - global phase III clinical trial of new TB drugs

The TB Alliance and its partners have completed patient enrollment in REMox TB, a global Phase III clinical trial, which may result in the registration of the first new drug approved for the treatment of drug-sensitive TB in nearly 50 years. REMox TB was designed to test whether a moxifloxacin-containing treatment regimen of just four months can cure drug-sensitive TB patients at rates that are non-inferior to those achieved with the standard six-month TB regimen.  In total, more than 1,900 patients were enrolled in REMox TB.

Published
02 February 2012
From
TB Alliance
TANZANIA: Good results in programme to boost TB detection

A pilot community programme to improve TB detection in northern Tanzania has shown good results and could be replicated nationwide as the country seeks to improve its TB treatment and prevention systems.

Published
01 February 2012
From
IRIN PlusNews
Fear-Resistance: How Worried Should We Be about "Totally Drug-Resistant" Tuberculosis?

An Indian clinic's claim of totally untreatable TB ignited public fears, but experts say poor disease management is the real threat

Published
01 February 2012
From
Scientific American
Patient with deadly TB strain tests positive for HIV

A patient with extra-extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XXDR TB) has tested positive for HIV. Public health experts say the coming together of the two dreaded infections is worrying.

Published
26 January 2012
From
Times of India
Strengthening labs and introducing new tools for increased case detection and earlier diagnosis of TB

This edition looks at the relationship between strengthening of laboratory diagnostic capacity and intensified case finding for TB in people living with HIV

Published
20 January 2012
From
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Indian TB cases 'can't be cured'

Tuberculosis which appears to be totally resistant to antibiotic treatment has been reported for the first time by Indian doctors.

Published
17 January 2012
From
BBC Health
Totally Drug Resistant TB strain turns up in patients in India

Doctors at the Hinduja National Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai, India, are reporting on a strain of tuberculosis (TB) emerging among patients that is resistant to all first- and second-line drugs used to treat the bacterial infection. At least twelve patients have been identified so far.

Published
11 January 2012
From
Science Speaks

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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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