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New test can diagnose tuberculosis in under 2 hours

A new molecular test for tuberculosis made by Cepheid, the Xpert MTB/RIF test, can diagnose TB and detect a drug-resistant form of it in two hours, scientists report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Published
02 September 2010
From
Reuters
Prison overcrowding leading to TB spread in South Africa

Severe overcrowding in KwaZulu-Natal's prisons is contributing to the spread of HIV and tuberculosis and driving the high death toll in prisons.

Published
02 September 2010
From
AllAfrica
Strike: TB patients sent home

As the South African public service strike continues to cripple government services, patients with two deadly strains of tuberculosis (TB) have been sent home from East London’s Fort Grey TB hospital .

Published
31 August 2010
From
Daily Dispatch
New genomic marker for tuberculosis may help identify patients who will develop the disease

It may soon be possible to identify patients who will develop tuberculosis, as scientists have identified changes in the blood specific to the disease. These findings are from an international study published in the Aug. 19 issue of Nature and conducted by doctors and researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital using blood profiling techniques to understand infections.

Published
30 August 2010
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
KENYA: TB patients held in police cells for defaulting on treatment

Kenyan government officials have defended the arrest and incarceration of two men infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, who failed to adhere to their treatment.

Published
24 August 2010
From
IRIN Plus News
China details plan to fight co-infection of HIV and TB

China's Health Ministry Tuesday detailed a plan to fight co-infection of HIV and tuberculosis (TB).

Published
03 August 2010
From
Xinhua.net
New TB test must reach more people - expert

A new diagnostic tool that reduces to two hours the time needed to detect drug-resistant tuberculosis must be made available to populations vulnerable to the disease, a World Health Organisation expert said.

Published
29 July 2010
From
Reuters
Major funding awarded to improve treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV co-infection

Albert EinsteinCollege of Medicine awarded $4 million for first-ever prospective study of antiretroviral therapy for people in South Africa who are co-infected with MDR-TB and HIV.

Published
26 July 2010
From
Moreover.com HIV/AIDS feed
The HIV and TB Prison Crisis in Southern Africa

In 1988, while Nelson Mandela was in prison, he contracted tuberculosis (TB). TB is common in prisons, with overcrowded cells and poor ventilation facilitating transmission. Mandela is now long free, but TB remains a threat to all prisoners - and to all South Africans.

Published
23 July 2010
From
Human Rights Watch HIV/TB
Lack of TB Screening for PLHA: “Malpractice on the grandest scale”

Vienna — “Today, only 4.1 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS are screened for TB,” said RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter during a press conference Wednesday at IAS 2010.  “And this is despite TB being the most likely infection to kill [HIV infected persons.]” “Failure to provide this screening is malpractice on the grandest scale,” [...]

Published
22 July 2010
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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