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New WHO algorithm to prevent TB deaths in very ill people with HIV
Theo Smart, 2016-08-23 07:40:00
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new
diagnostic algorithm in order to reduce the likelihood of ‘seriously ill’
people with HIV dying of undiagnosed and untreated tuberculosis (TB).
“Despite being preventable and curable TB is still the
leading cause of morbidity and mortality, even in the era of antiretroviral
therapy (ART) going to scale. In fact, in 2014, it accounted for nearly a third
of HIV-related deaths,” said Annabel Baddeley, of WHO’s Global TB Programme, who
moderated a session at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa dedicated to
discussing the need, evidence base and application of the algorithm and other
strategies to reduce mortality from HIV-associated TB.