Sipokazi Fokazi

South Africa: Younger TB patients facing more risks

Young tuberculosis patients – including those co-infected with HIV, recently hospitalised and those with lower CD4 counts – are likely to default on TB treatment or miss their appointments, resulting in poor health outcome, a new study has suggested.

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TB activist can hear again

Cape Town - Phumeza Tisile, of Khayelitsha, was 19 when she was diagnosed with drug resistant tuberculosis - a disease that would later leave her with permanent hearing loss.

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South Africa: New TB drug gets ‘fast-track status’

Cape Town - Patients with multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis could soon have access to a promising new drug – Bedaquiline – as the Medicines Control Council (MCC) is “fast-tracking” its authorisation processes to have the drug licensed.

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South Africa: TB patients turn to healers

Cape Town - Traditional healers seem to be popular among tuberculosis sufferers, with almost half of all TB patients consulting them before getting diagnosed at clinics or hospitals.

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South Africa: Infectious XDR-TB patients being sent home

Cape Town - Patients with extreme drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis are being sent home while still infectious because there are not enough beds in TB hospitals and there is a scarcity of community-based palliative care centres.

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Breakthrough against drug-resistant TB

Cape Town - Local tuberculosis experts are optimistic that a novel TB antibiotic, which is being tested on multidrug-resistant TB sufferers in a Cape Town hospital, could revolutionise treatment of the killer disease.

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SA tops list with highest TB rates

Cape Town - South Africa has been included in a list of the worst 12 countries when it comes to the burden of tuberculosis, behind countries such as Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Uganda.

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Victory for SA, but AIDS fight far from over

Cape Town - Once upon a time, being HIV-positive in South Africa was like a death sentence, with no adequate treatment available and a huge stigma attached to the disease.

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