Global progress to End TB not fast enough to reach global TB and HIV targets
Tuberculosis (TB) retains its undesirable status as the leading infectious cause of death globally. According to the latest WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2017 launched in November, global progress in reducing new tuberculosis (TB) cases and deaths is insufficient to meet the global targets for TB and HIV, despite most deaths being preventable with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of tuberculosis and HIV.
A new mobile app for people living with HIV, Life4me+, is now available for free in 156 countries and in six languages—Armenian, English, Estonian, German, Russian and Ukrainian. The app was created by a German–Russian activist living with HIV and his team and aims to simplify medical information and treatment for people living with HIV in eastern Europe and central Asia and beyond.
The world needs a new phase in the evolution of the HIV response—one that reinvigorates prevention by seamlessly combining the efficacy of upstream, midstream, and downstream interventions with the powerful effectiveness of community action.
Remarkable progress has been made towards achieving the 90–90–90 targets. More than two thirds of all people living with HIV—an estimated 70% [51–84%]—knew their HIV status in 2016. Among those who knew their HIV status, 77% [57– >89%] were accessing antiretroviral therapy, and 82% [60– >89%] of people accessing treatment had suppressed viral loads. Individual countries, cities and communities in a diversity of settings have already achieved the 90–90–90 targets, proving that global attainment of all three 90s by 2020 is both feasible and reachable if gaps across the HIV testing and treatment cascade are aggressively addressed.
An overdose means having too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) for your body to be able to cope with. There are a number of signs and symptoms that show someone has overdosed, and these differ with the type of drug used. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. It is important to know your correct dosage, what drugs definitely should not be mixed, and know to seek help if you feel you are not in control of your drug use.