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28 July 2014

World Hepatitis Day: Antiretroviral drug also benefits the treatment of hepatitis C

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day, which aims to raise awareness of viral hepatitis around the world. There are five main types of hepatitis virus, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis C is considered to be causing a “dual epidemic” with HIV because it is highly prevalent in HIV-endemic areas. About five million people living with HIV, or 15% of the total, are co-infected with hepatitis C.

22 July 2014

Breakthrough in multi-drug resistant TB treatment

At the first day of the 20th International AIDS Conference a major breakthrough in treatment of tuberculosis (TB) has been announced. Experiments with a new cocktail of three drugs to treat patients infected with TB strains that are hard to cure with conventional antibiotics, can not only improve the treatment of TB and its multi-drug resistant strains, but also shorten the treatment period.