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11 July 2018

Finding a cure for hepatitis B: are we close?

Despite the huge human and economic toll, research into hepatitis B remains drastically underfunded, and was recently alikened to a neglected tropical disease. But hope for a cure is growing.

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19 April 2018

Safe and effective $300 hepatitis C treatment a global game-changer

Interim clinical trial results offer hope to people living with hepatitis C who stand to benefit from reduced price treatment, including the 2.3 million people who have HIV co-infection.

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13 June 2017

Cryptococcal meningitis remains a leading killer of people living with HIV

First update on cryptococcus in the era of antiretroviral treatment expansion reveals disproportionate burden in sub-Saharan Africa and a need for better treatment options.

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13 October 2016

Global Tuberculosis Report 2016: An ‘uphill battle’ in the fight against TB

Progress in halting TB – the world’s leading infectious disease killer – is plagued by a lack of political will and inequalities in healthcare access

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26 May 2016

Off the radar: Cryptococcal meningitis

Cryptococcal meningitis (crypto) may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about HIV – but this common opportunistic infection and AIDS-defining illness is one of the leading killers of people living with HIV globally.

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19 April 2016

First diagnosed case of Alzheimer’s in a person living with HIV

Doctors at Georgetown University in the USA have reported the first diagnosed case of Alzheimer’s disease in a person living with HIV. It was previously thought that HIV-related inflammation in the brain may prevent amyloid deposition – one of the likely causes of Alzheimer’s disease. 1

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30 October 2015

TB the biggest infectious disease killer globally

For the first time ever, more people have died from tuberculosis (TB) than from HIV, making TB the biggest infectious disease killer globally.

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23 March 2015

World TB Day: A call for greater integration of HIV and TB services

This World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, UNAIDS have called for a greater integration of HIV and TB services in order to combat the dual epidemics. In 2013, over 9 million people were diagnosed with TB, of which 1.1 million were also living with HIV. PLHIV are around 30 times more likely to develop opportunistic infections such as TB, with TB being the leading cause of death for PLHIV – among this group, 360,000 deaths can be attributed to TB alone.

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27 February 2015

XDR-TB acquired via transmission, not treatment failure

The large majority of cases of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, were acquired via person-to-person, and not as a result of treatment failure, as originally believed. These results were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle this week, and demonstrate the need to focus attention on infection control and prevention in the region.

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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.

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