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27 Mar 2015 - 10:28

News Medical
25 March 2015
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Phase 3 STAND Trial Launches to Advance PaMZ through Final Stage of Testing

PRETORIA - A new tuberculosis (TB) drug regimen designed to improve options for TB therapy eliminated more bacteria from sputum than standard therapy and did so at a faster rate, according to data from a phase 2b clinical trial published today in The Lancet. These results are published just as the global phase 3 clinical trial, designed to bring this regimen through the last stage of testing, has begun.

PaMZ is a three-drug regimen comprised of two candidate drugs that are not yet licensed for use against TB: pretomanid (Pa), formerly known as PA-824, and moxifloxacin (M), and one antibiotic, pyrazinamide (Z), which is approved for use in TB treatment today. The therapy is intended for those patients whose TB infections are sensitive to the three drugs, including people with drug-sensitive and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

25 Mar 2015 - 20:41

HEALTH activists have launched a campaign to lobby churches and other institutions to view HIV as a health and not moral issue so as to eradicate stigma associated with the condition.

By Phyllis Mbanje News Day

This was revealed during the launch of the Zimbabwe Stigma Index (ZSI) report convened by the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) in Harare.

The ZSI is a research initiative driven and implemented by people living with HIV. It seeks to measure the levels of stigma associated with HIV.

Participants called on church leaders to be open about HIV and Aids issues and discourage congregants from looking at it from a moralistic point of view which they described as judgmental.

16 Mar 2015 - 11:49

KC Team
11 March 2015
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AFRICA - This year, the world will gain a new set of sustainable development goals, but can these goals help cut HIV infections - especially among the most marginalised communities? In September, the UN General Assembly will host the 193 member states of the United Nations to agree on the new set of 17 goals and 164 targets, which will take over from the Millennium Development Goals. In the new set of goals, which will be active until 2030, health is placed under goal three: "ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages". In a more specific approach towards HIV and AIDS, clause three of the goal states that by 2030 the UN aims to: "end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases".

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