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April 15, 2010

WHO issues updated TB treatment guidelines; experts say lack of trials in TB/HIV patients 'striking'

"Treatment regimens for tuberculosis should include an antiobiotic of the rifamycin class for the full six months of therapy, according to new World Health Organization TB treatment guidelines.

"They also recommend that treatment should be taken daily during the intensive, four-drug period of induction treatment, and that HIV-positive patients should take daily treatment for the entire duration of their tuberculosis (TB) therapy.

"Antiretroviral therapy is endorsed in the guidelines for HIV-positive patients with active TB, regardless of their CD4 cell count."

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