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US: TB programs affected by isoniazid shortage

A shortage of isoniazid interfered with patient care and may contribute to the spread of tuberculosis in the United States, according to a report by the CDC. “Interruptions in the supply of second-line anti-TB medications have been ongoing in the United States for several years,” the researchers wrote in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “But since November 2012, TB control programs have experienced the first sustained generalized supply interruption of a first-line anti-TB medication.”

Published
24 May 2013
From
Healio
Tuberculosis prevention may speed drug resistance

According to the new study, led by Harriet Mills at the University of Bristol, in communities that implement isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT), the incidence of new isoniazid-resistant cases per year will double in the next 40 years.

Published
15 April 2013
From
Nature
The Search for Swaziland’s TB-Infected Mine Workers

“Mine workers come from the whole sub-region to our mines to catch TB and HIV and take it back to their families and communities,” South African Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi said.

Published
09 April 2013
From
Inter Press Service
Southern Africa cracks down on TB in mines

South Africa's gold mines are estimated to have the highest number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, making the disease a leading export to neighbouring countries. IRIN takes a look at the declaration meant to change this situation.

Published
25 March 2013
From
IRIN
Global scientific experts convene in Cape Town to report on progress toward tuberculosis vaccines

At a time of growing global concern about the rising level of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis in South Africa and worldwide, the world's top TB vaccine experts are meeting this week, the first time this scientific forum has been held in Africa, where they will present new research aimed at advancing development of vaccines against the deadly airborne disease.

Published
25 March 2013
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
The historical arc of tuberculosis prevention

It is somewhat ironic that just as the structural, social, and economic barriers to patient “non-compliance” are being taken seriously by the medical mainstream, the chief medical officer for England recently invoked a dystopian scenario of a drug-resistant bacterial rampage reminiscent of the early nineteenth century.

Published
24 March 2013
From
Oxford University Press blog
Virtual Issue: Tuberculosis

Collected articles on the social history of tuberculosis and TB control policies.

Published
24 March 2013
From
Social History of Medicine
Tuberculosis control in India — time to think beyond DOTS

TB control in India is at a critical juncture. The routine, basic DOTS program has been scaled-up and may have reached its limits because TB incidence is not declining. Therefore, innovative solutions are needed to go beyond current gains and address the challenges of private sector engagement and drug-resistant TB, and leverage the potential of the private sector to help achieve the new goal of universal access.

Published
22 March 2013
From
Science Speaks
Tuberculosis: Europe’s Ticking Timebomb

On World Tuberculosis Day the TB Europe Coalition called on the European Commission to substantially increase funding to fight tuberculosis in Europe. Tuberculosis causes not only illness and death, according to estimates, it costs EU Member States €15 million every week and €750 million every year.

Published
20 March 2013
From
TB Europe Coalition
Los Angeles health officials concerned about TB outbreak on skid row

Los Angeles County health officials have asked for federal assistance to analyze and contain an outbreak of tuberculosis within the city's homeless population, a spokeswoman for the county agency said on Friday.

Published
25 February 2013
From
Reuters

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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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