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Novel point-of-care TB test for patients with HIV superior to current test

Study findings showed that a novel point-of-care tuberculosis test for patients with HIV offers superior diagnostic sensitivity to the currently available test while maintaining specificity, researchers reported.

12 June 2019
Xpert Ultra test for diagnosing TB now included in Cochrane Review

The review author team found Xpert MTB/RIF to be sensitive and specific for diagnosing pulmonary TB and rifampicin resistance, consistent with findings reported previously. Compared with Xpert MTB/RIF, Xpert Ultra had higher sensitivity and lower specificity for TB detection and similar sensitivity and specificity for rifampicin resistance detection (one study).

11 June 2019
FDA Advisory Committee Votes Favorably on the Question of the Effectiveness and Safety of Pretomanid in Combination with Bedaquiline and Linezolid for Treatment of Highly Drug-Resistant Forms of Tuberculosis

Investigational drug pretomanid, developed by non-profit TB Alliance, is under regulatory review for treatment of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis and treatment-intolerant or non-responsive multidrug-resistant tuberculosis as part of a new investigational regimen that includes bedaquiline and linezolid.

07 June 2019
TB Alliance
The TB in the air we breathe

The new Aerobiology TB Research Facility at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation will operationalise leading technology for studying TB transmission, by capturing and analysing exhaled breath from patients recruited at two local clinics: one in Masiphumelele and another in the nearby township of Ocean View.

10 May 2019
Will new TB treatments reach those who need them most?

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline is pursuing new treatments for tuberculosis but insists it will need support from governments and funding agencies if it is to get them to patients in lower-income countries, the head of its global health unit, David Barros-Aguirre, told Devex.

15 April 2019
Xpert testing to find TB in people with advanced HIV at diagnosis saves lives, study finds

A study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases this week confirms that patients newly diagnosed with HIV who were screened for TB with Xpert technology had higher survival rates in the year that followed than those screened with a point-of-care test using flourescent light-emitting microscopy.

08 April 2019
Science Speaks
UNAIDS reports mixed progress towards reaching the 2020 target of reducing TB deaths among people living with HIV by 75%

Five countries met the target three years ahead of the 2020 deadline and 18 more are on track; however, most countries are lagging behind and risk missing the target completely. UNAIDS urges countries to step up action.

25 March 2019
UNAIDS press release
Drug resistant strains could become the dominant form of TB in Europe: it’s time to end TB

If the current situation continues, the majority of tuberculosis (TB) patients in the next generation could be suffering from drug resistant forms of the disease. The latest WHO/European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) report, “Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019 (2017 data)”, shows that the European Region is struggling to make sufficient progress to finally end TB. Challenges in timely detection, which result in ongoing transmission, and inadequate treatment are driving resistance. Despite an overall decline in cases, TB remains a major public health issue that is causing patients suffering and perpetuating poverty.

25 March 2019
World Health Organization Europe
Learning from experience: Five tangible steps to addressing tuberculosis and HIV in 2019

If we are determined to stop TB among people living with HIV, there are specific steps we can take to do more this year to ensure that people receive the quality of care they are entitled to

22 March 2019
International AIDS Society
The Lancet: Experts set out targets to eliminate tuberculosis within a generation

A world free of tuberculosis (TB) is possible by 2045 if increased political will and financial resources are directed towards priority areas including providing evidence-based interventions to everyone, especially to high risk groups, and increasing research to develop new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent TB. Funding this response will require substantial investments, and accountability mechanisms will be necessary to ensure that promises are kept and targets are reached.

21 March 2019
Eurekalert Inf Dis
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

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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.

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