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Can a blood test show if an HIV-positive patient has PCP?

A blood test may be able to show if an HIV-positive patient has the AIDS-defining opportunistic infection, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia, US investigators report in the July 15th

Published
28 June 2011
By
Michael Carter
South Africa: HIV Breeds More Pneumonia

In the last 20 years there has been a steady increase of pneumonia cases in adults, mostly in people living with HIV. A significant proportion of those infected die.

Published
12 May 2011
From
AllAfrica
Drug use increasingly associated with microbial infections

Illicit drug users are at increased risk of being exposed to microbial pathogens and are more susceptible to serious infections, say physicians in a new report. The review, which aims to improve the microbiological diagnosis of drug use-related infections, assesses the role of drug-related practices in the spread of a range of bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoal infections.

Published
11 May 2011
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Science Daily
Tracking The Evolution And Spread Of Deadly Fungus, One Of The World's Major Killers

New research has shed light on the origins of a fungal infection which is one of the major causes of death from AIDS-related illnesses. The study, published in the journal PLoS Pathogens, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the BBSRC, shows how the more virulent forms of Cryptococcus neoformans evolved and spread out of Africa and into Asia...

Published
04 May 2011
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The Ten-Year Timeline for Antibiotics Burnout

Though the World Health Organisation (WHO) has focused this year's World Health Day Apr. 7 on prioritising the struggle against the global spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), scores of international researchers and scientists fear this decision is coming too late, with 2011 already shadowed by the failure of pharmaceutical antibiotics to curb the proliferation of diseases.

Published
07 April 2011
From
IPS
Superbug gene rife in Delhi water supply

A gene that causes a wide range of bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics has been found in the water supply in Delhi, with worrying implications for the rest of the globe.

Published
07 April 2011
From
The Guardian
Fall in MRSA infection in HIV patients

Rates of community-acquired MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections in patients with HIV appear to be declining. A US study conducted between 2002 and 2009, and published in

Published
21 March 2011
By
Michael Carter
No reduction in postnatal death or illness with cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for mothers with HIV

Cotrimoxazole prophylaxis, while safe and well-tolerated, had no significant effect on reducing death or hospital admissions among HIV-infected women followed for one year after having given birth in

Published
24 February 2011
By
Carole Leach-Lemens
Screening ART patients for cryptococcal disease is cost effective and will save lives

All patients with a CD4 cell count below 100 cells/mm3 should be routinely screened for cryptococcal meningitis as part of antiretroviral treatment programmes, South African doctors argue

Published
09 December 2010
By
Michael Carter
Infections the main cause of CNS neurological problems in South African patients starting HIV treatment

Opportunistic infections – most notably tuberculosis and cryptococcal meningitis – are the main cause of neurological problems in patients starting HIV treatment in South Africa, investigators report

Published
08 November 2010
By
Michael Carter

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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