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24 October 2014

TB rates still too high according to the WHO

Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the world’s deadliest communicable diseases states the latest Global Tuberculosis Report by the World Health Organization. In 2013, an estimated 9 million people were infected with TB with 1.5 million dying from the disease. Of which, 360 000 people were co-infected with TB and HIV.

13 October 2014

De-worming has a positive effect on CD4 count in pregnant women

Treating pregnant HIV-positive women who are on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for helminth infections, also known as worm infections, is proven to increase CD4 count and haemoglobin level and decrease viral HIV load. These findings are a result of a recently published study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, conducted in Rwanda.