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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

South African Study Provides Compelling New Evidence on Role of Person-to Person Transmission in Drug-Resistant TB Epidemics

CDC/Emory/NIH study published in The New England Journal of Medicine adds to growing body of evidence that extensively drug-resistant TB is fueled more by direct transmission than previously thought in high-burden settings.  A study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine  provides compelling evidence that extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is spreading from…

The White House – FACT SHEET: World AIDS Day 2016

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary December 1 marks World AIDS Day across the globe, and serves as a way to recommit ourselves to ending HIV/AIDS as a public health threat. Throughout his Administration, President Obama propelled America’s leadership on HIV/AIDS by both developing the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United…