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Research offers simpler, effective treatment option for latent TB infection

Results from one of the largest U.S. government clinical trials on tuberculosis preventive therapy to date suggest that treatment for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection – normally a difficult and lengthy regimen – may soon be easier than ever before in countries with low-to-medium incidence of TB.

Published
16 May 2011
From
US CDC
South Africa: Poor Response to TB and HIV

Health Department programmes have failed to screen HIV-positive people for TB and to protect them from getting the bacterial infection.

Published
24 March 2011
From
AllAfrica
ZIMBABWE: Fighting Past Fear to Treat TB

In the dusty streets of Bulawayo's densely populated townships, Susan Nkiwane is making house calls today. She is one of a group of twelve women who form a fragile web of support for TB sufferers in her community.

Published
24 March 2011
From
Inter Press Service
ETHIOPIA: Reducing TB risk in Addis Ababa

Health officials in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, are concerned about the spread of tuberculosis in the city's crowded public transport networks and tightly packed "DSTV [satellite television] houses" where ardent fans come to watch English and Spanish football.

Published
23 March 2011
From
IRIN Plus News
The BCG World Atlas a world first in the fight against tuberculosis

A team of researchers is launching the BCG World Atlas: a first-of-its-kind, searchable website that provides detailed information on TB vaccination policies and practices for more than 180 countries.The BCG vaccination can cause false positives in the skin test that's routinely used to screen for latent TB. "As a clinician, if you're trying to interpret the skin test in a foreign-born person, you're going to want to know when the BCG vaccination was given back home and how many times it has been given," the Atlas' project leader said.

Published
22 March 2011
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Spurring community engagement to ensure the proper implementation of the Three I’s for TB/HIV

WHO and civil society organisations met to examine ways of promoting greater community engagement to ensure implementation of Three I’s for TB/HIV in southern Africa.

Published
17 March 2011
From
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
A research agenda for TB

Kevin M. DeCock, MD, director of the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaks with Science Speaks about the fight against TB.

Published
16 March 2011
From
Science Speaks
Study shows a serious risk of side effects when having latent tuberculosis therapy over age 65

(Canadian Medical Association Journal) A new study found that there is a serious increased risk of side effects requiring hospitalization in people over the age of 65 who are going through latent tuberculosis infection therapy, according to a study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Published
10 January 2011
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
HIV Patients Can Take Isoniazid Without Having a Chest X-Ray First

A new study from Botswana shows that HIV patients don't need to have tuberculosis (TB) ruled out with x-rays before they can start isoniazid prophylaxis- they merely need to be free of TB symptoms. 

Published
29 December 2010
From
Medscape
New joint guidelines on IPT and intensified case-finding from WHO

New guidelines on prevention of TB in people with HIV through use of isoniazid preventive therapy and intensified case-finding.

Published
21 December 2010
From
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice

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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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