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Statement: Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on World Tuberculosis Day 2016

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On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, we can commit to ending TB by rapidly adopting the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline on When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV , more commonly known as “Test and START,” and strengthening partnerships among countries, multilateral organizations, and civil society. TB is the leading…

CROI 2015 Highlights: NIH’s Dr. Peter Kim Discusses Tuberculosis

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Tuberculosis (TB) was among the several infectious diseases in addition to HIV that were important topics of discussion during the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  held in Seattle at the end of last month.  As the conference came to a close, we visited with Dr. Peter Kim about TB, his area of research at…

World TB Day: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS Is Vital to a Future Without Tuberculosis

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Today, Monday, March 24, 2014, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) joins the international community in commemorating World TB Day and those who have lost their lives to this terrible disease; TB is second only to HIV/AIDS in global deaths due to infectious diseases. Moreover, the World Health Organization  estimates that at…

World Tuberculosis Day: Confronting TB/HIV Co-Infection

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This Sunday, March 24, is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. Around the world, countries will mark the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacterium that causes TB. Since the 1980s, this day has also served as a rallying call to raise public awareness and recommit political will toward eliminating the disease….

World Tuberculosis Day: Fighting the TB/HIV Epidemics Through PEPFAR

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Today, we join the international community in recognizing World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. Addressing TB is a major part of the work of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as TB is the most common opportunistic infection and the leading cause of death among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009,…

Obama Administration’s Pledge to Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis

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As part of America’s leadership in saving lives and alleviating suffering around the world, the United States announced today that it intends to make an unprecedented three-year pledge of support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The pledge is tied to the call for smart investments and shared responsibility to reach…

Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease

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New CDC studies underscore urgency of hepatitis C testing and treatment, especially for baby boomers  Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, according to preliminary surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A second CDC study, published online today in Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows…

“It is Possible to Dream”

Teresa Mbalane, who has been receiving HIV treatment since 2004, with CDC Mozambique Director Edgar Monterroso. Teresa receives treatment via PEPFAR funding distributed by CDC Mozambique to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Summary: Teresa inspires and mobilizes people living with HIV and their families to live positively by sharing her story. “Today, it is possible to dream—when we thought that life was over,” says Teresa Joaquim Mbalane, a 50-year-old mother of four living with HIV in Mozambique. “Now I try to pass my experience on to others.”…