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TB, HIV treatment failures map potholes along American road to care

In a hospital serving an urban population, more than a third of patients with a confirmed TB diagnosis also had HIV. Of those, nearly three quarters had been diagnosed with the virus that greatly increased their risks of becoming sick from the world’s oldest airborne infection, with a median of six years between a test showing they had HIV, and a test showing they had become sick with tuberculosis. Among those 73 patients already diagnosed with HIV, only 10 were accessing the antiretroviral treatment that protected their immune systems and offered them a defense against TB. Even at the end of their treatment, when 74 patients had accessed antiretroviral medicine, the treatment had been effective enough to suppress the virus in only a little more than half the patients. Three years after they completed the treatment, fewer than a third had maintained continuous treatment for HIV, or suppressed viruses. The high rates HIV/TB co-infection, and low rates of treatment, as well as of viral suppression, compare unfavorably to those of some African countries confronting the highest burden of both diseases.

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Consultation meeting on finding missing TB cases through integrated community-based TB service delivery, 11 to 13 April 2018: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A global consultation meeting on finding missing TB cases through integrated community based TB service delivery was organized by the Global TB Programme (GTB) of the World Health Organization (WHO), on 11-13 April 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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WHO response to STREAM Stage 1 preliminary results

WHO issues a position statement on the continued use of the shorter MDR-TB regimen following an expedited review of the STREAM Stage 1 preliminary result.

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Friends of the Global Fight releases new brief examining U.S. leadership on HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria

Friends of the Global Fight: At the Tipping Point: U.S. Leadership to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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First-line ART failure common among hospitalised HIV-positive people in sub-Saharan Africa

A large proportion of hospitalised HIV-positive people in sub-Saharan Africa have experienced the failure of first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Untreated depression and TB treatment outcomes, quality of life and disability, Ethiopia

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Mumbai's 'designed for death' buildings are incubating TB

Poor access to natural ventilation and sunlight, and dearth of space, has resulted in an abnormally high incidence of tuberculosis among the residents of three resettlement complexes.

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Advocates call on PEPFAR to ensure TB-LAM testing in 2018 COPs

Advocates urge PEPFAR to ensure that 2018 Country Operating Plans for all high TB/HIV burden countries include TB-LAM testing.

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New blood test found to predict onset of TB up to two years in advance

A new blood test has been found to more accurately predict the development of tuberculosis up to two years before its onset in people living with someone with active TB, according to research published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, an American Thoracic Society journal.

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Interactive civil society hearing in preparation for the UN High-Level Meeting on TB

Interactive civil society hearing to be held on 4 June 2018 in preparation for the UN High-Level Meeting on TB.

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