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Shorter Treatment for Tuberculosis Works in HIV Patients

A three-drug combo that includes an experimental treatment from the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development may cure tuberculosis more quickly than current regimens, a study found, offering new hope to patients with HIV.

At least one-third of 35 million people with HIV worldwide have latent TB, and they’re 30 times more likely to develop the active disease. The majority of dual infections are in Africa, where TB is the top cause of death among the HIV-positive, according to the World Health Organization. About one in five with HIV die of the lung infection worldwide.