hivtbThe 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) is held in Vancouver, Canada from 19th July to 22nd July 2015. IAS is organized in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Division of AIDS, based at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care. The event is a great opportunity for all those involved in the global response to HIV to meet and examine the latest scientific developments in HIV-related research.

The registered organisations and participants present their research findings and share the latest scientific results with their counterparts to discuss how those developments can be applied in HIV-related programmes. One of the main six objectives of the IAS 2015 is to develop strategic discussions around the increasing challenges of TB, viral hepatitis and chronic co-morbidities.

According to the presentation by Anna Schultze ‘Major challenges in clinical management of TB/HIV co-infected patients in Eastern Europe compared with Western Europe and Latin America’, patients in Eastern Europe where more likely to die from MDR-TB than those in Latin America and southern Europe. Patients who died in the Eastern European clinics had either not received drug susceptibility testing or had been placed on drugs that were not active against their TB, despite the testing.

The study conducted between 2011 and 2013 recommends: to maintain patients with very low CD4 cell count under follow-up and initiate cART when appropriate; to improve and implement more accurate and rapidly available diagnostics; and to improve empiric anti-TB therapy, particularly in high resistance settings such as Eastern Europe.

(The long-term clinical consequences will be further analysed as FU data accumulates (www.chip.dk under TB:HIV study))


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