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25 august 2009 report on tb sub meeting from ias andreas jahn

25 August, 2009

Report on TB sub-meeting from IAS

Andreas Jahn

Catalysing hiv tb research innovation funding and networking

Catalysing HIV/TB Research:Innovation, Funding and Networking

WHO TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB PartnershipandConsortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic (CREATE)

Cape Town, 18-19 July 2009

Lessons Learnt from an IAS Satellite Meeting

Session overview
Session Overview

  • Funding landscape

  • Highlights from presentations

    • TB diagnostics

    • TB vaccines

    • Prevention: IPT

    • Community TB case finding

    • Combining ART and TB Rx

  • TB in mothers and children

  • MDR and XDR TB

  • Immune Reconstitution Syndrome (IRIS)

  • Research questions

    • Your proposals and ideas?

    • What was proposed at the meeting

  • The scale of tb and hiv
    The Scale of TB and HIV

    • 1.37 million new TB cases in the HIV+ in 2007

    • 79% of TB-HIV disease is in sub-Saharan Africa

    • 29% of all cases in South Africa alone

    • 15% of global TB burden is in HIV+

    • TB is the main OI: 23% of AIDS mortality

    • Main threat to ART success

    • Zambia:

      • Active TB at ART initiation: NOT risk factor for mortality

      • Developing TB after ART start: MUCH HIGHER risk of mortality

      • Lawn, Churchyard. Curr Opin HIV AIDS 2009; 4(4): 325-33

    Funding investment into hiv
    Funding: Investment into HIV

    • USD 39 Billion cumulative funding for HIV (NIH)

    • 200,560 HIV-related publications in PubMed as of July 2009

    • Almost normal life expectancy with HIV in rich nations: >69 years if infected at age 20 (Lancet)

    • 4 million people in developing world received ART

    Funding investment into tb
    Funding: Investment into TB

    • USD 665,000 for TB Research (1985 NIAID)

    • Consequences of inattention to TB research:

      • TB research has been left behind by technology advances

      • 9 million active TB cases per year but no effective vaccine against PTB

      • No new drugs licensed in decades

      • Cumbersome regimens with high risk of DR

      • Antiquated diagnostics, non standardised, imprecise

    Tb diagnostics
    TB Diagnostics and Challenges

    Tb diagnostics1
    TB Diagnostics and Challenges

    Tb vaccines bcg
    TB Vaccines BCG and Challenges


    • 77% efficacy against military TB (Big meta-analysis)

    • 75% efficacy against disseminated and CNS TB in children


    • BCG ineffective against adult PTB in Africa

    • BCG IRIS rate of 10-15% in ART roll-out programs

    • Disseminated BCG disease in HIV infected infants

      • 1% risk 1) with high case fatality

      • Needs high index suspicion: GA, Bct, BM, PCR

        1) Hesseling et al: Bull WHO DOI: 10.2471/BLT.08.055657 2009

    Tb vaccines bcg1
    TB Vaccines BCG and Challenges

    WHO revised guidelines not practical and feasible

    “Children with HIV infection regardless of symptoms should not be BCG vaccinated”

    • Asymptomatic HIV infected child at later risk of disseminated BCG

    • How to rule out HIV infection?

      • Maternal antibody masks antibody tests

      • Detection of virus required (PCR, p24 Ag?)

      • Very difficult to implement in many places

    Tb vaccines innovations
    TB Vaccines Innovations and Challenges

    • Desperately need new vaccine for infants, latently infected adults

    • Making BCG safer

      • rBCG30 is more immunogenic

      • Not replicating

    • AD 35 viral vector

      • Introduced TB Ag

      • Not replicating in humans

      • Can result in very high CD8 response

    • Vaccine response can be much better if introduced in the lung

    Tb vaccines innovations1
    TB Vaccines Innovations and Challenges

    • 4 TB vaccines currently being tested in Africa

      • 2 recombinant proteins

      • 2 non-replicating viral vectored vaccines

    • Initial trials in PLWH: 2 of 4 are safe and immunogenic

    • Another about to enter large-scale safety and proof of principle efficacy trials in adults with HIV, most are latently infected with TB

    • Efficacy trial of another recently begun in infants in South Africa

    • Expect clinical use of adjuvanted proteins and new viral vectors in next 2 years

    Prevention ipt
    Prevention: IPT and Challenges

    • SA trial: Reduction in TB AND all-cause mortality in young children

      • Concurrent CPT may explain non-specific mortality effect co-trimoxazole

      • Non-specific effect because of undiagnosed TB?

    • IPT improves survival on ART (Golub, AIDS 2009, 23:661)

    • IPT after exposure is more effective than primary prophylaxis

    • Maybe cost-effective to target children in households with HIV or TB

    • National programs include IPT for children <5 years but implementation lacking

    Prevention ipt1
    Prevention: IPT and Challenges

    • Not teratogenic

    • Hepatotoxicity

      • Abnormal liver enzymes :1-25%

      • Symptomatic liver disease 5.2 per 1000 patients in a study where 20,838 given INH for 12 mo.

      • Risk factors age, alcohol, underlying liver disease including chronic Hep B

      • Hepatoxicity when combined with HAART in pregnancy unknown

    • Breastmilk: safe Concentration 1% up to 20%

    • Generally safe in children

    • Most first line drugs safe in pregnancy except aminoglycosides and quinolones

    Community tb case finding
    Community TB Case Finding and Challenges

    • Conducted by mass X-ray 1930-50s

    • Moved to ‘passive case finding’: Most TB cases were symptomatic and can be picked up at the health facility if DOTS works well

    • Move back to active case finding in poorly functioning health services and high HIV?

    • Increasing case detection from 50% to 67% and decreasing detection from 6 to 4 months will have dramatic effect on TB incidence (math model)

    Community tb case finding1
    Community TB Case Finding and Challenges

    ZAMSTAR Community randomized trial

    • Sputum collection within 30mins from home and smear result in 48 hrs

    • ‘Open access sputum collection’ – like VCT

    • 21% of TB cases were detected through the intervention

    • TB community case finding is feasible, cheap intervention but cost effectiveness has not yet been analysed as impact not yet known

    • Treatment completion rates were similar in both clusters

    Community tb case finding2
    Community TB Case Finding and Challenges

    DetecTB CRT in Zimbabwe

    • 70 % of TB cases in Zimbabwe (DetecTB) had not presented to health services although they lived within 2km of health facilities.

    • Reasons: ‘hunger, being worn out by hard work, long queues, too busy to queue, insulted by health workers, being too weak to go.’

    Community tb case finding3
    Community TB Case Finding and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • Feasible / sustainable / costs?

    • Which method?

    • Linkage with case finding of HIV

    • Replacement of clinic activity?

    • Impact?

    • Does it reduce the prevalence or transmission of TB at community level?

    Tb risk throughout hiv infection and art
    TB Risk Throughout HIV Infection and ART and Challenges

    Source: Havlir DH: Catalyzing HIV and TB Research (Presentation)

    Art as tb intervention
    ART as TB Intervention and Challenges

    • TB incidence inversely related to CD4 count: both on and off ART

    • Starting ART at CD4 200-350 reduces TB incidence and mortality (CIPRA HT 001, Haiti)

      • 18 new TB cases in patients who started at CD4 200-350

      • 36 new TB cases in patients starting at CD4 <200

    • ART effect on individual and population TB incidence depends on level of initial and sustained CD4 count

    • ART has potential to reverse 10 years of rising TB incidence

    Art as tb intervention1
    ART as TB Intervention and Challenges

    • Start ART at CD4 count 500 to impact population TB incidence?

    • But:

      • Overlapping drug side effects

      • PK interactions

      • High pill burden

      • Risk of IRIS

    Combining tb rx and art
    Combining TB Rx and ART and Challenges

    • Rifampicin

      • Reduces NVP below effective levels in 50% of patients

      • Very strong interaction with PI: need to double LPV, but even that in children insufficient

      • EFV not significantly reduced

    • 1.7 fold risk of viral failure if ART is started on TB Rx

    • No sub-therapeutic NVP levels when starting TB Rx on ART

    • No major risk of increased toxicity

    • NVP is better than EFV in Africa

    Combining tb rx and art1
    Combining TB Rx and ART and Challenges

    • Rifabutin now on WHO essential drugs list

      • Challenge to implement added TB regimen in peripheral clinics

    • Urgently need studies on toxicity and PK for PI and rifampicin as in future many patients will be on 2nd line.

    Combining tb rx and art research questions
    Combining TB Rx and ART: Research Questions and Challenges

    • Timing of ART and TB Rx

    • Coordination between programs: who and where for ART + TB Rx

    • Hepatotoxicity & PK of “super-boosted” PIs needs to be defined in adults with HIV-TB coinfection

    • Effectiveness studies in adults & children

    • Rifabutin not currently an option – need for more evidence of efficacy vs rifampicin in HIV-TB coinfection

    • Alternative regimens (triple NRTI, double dose raltegravir)

    Tb in children
    TB in Children and Challenges

    Risk of disease progression

    • Age

      • 43% of infants (children < 1year)

      • 25% of children aged one to five years

      • 15% of adolescents

    • Recent infection (1-2 years)

    • Malnutrition

    • HIV

      Marais, 2004, Nelson, 2005

    Tb in hiv infected children
    TB in HIV Infected Children and Challenges

    • High risk of TB infection and disease

    • Diagnostic challenges

      • Co-morbidities

      • Bacteriological confirmation: Immune suppression, paucibacillary

      • Infection vs. disease

    Tb hiv in mothers and infants epidemiology
    TB / HIV in Mothers and Infants: Epidemiology and Challenges

    • 15% of maternal deaths due to HIV/TB

    • Postpartum TB higher in women with low CD4, high VL, pos. TST

    • Active maternal TB increases HIV transmission

    • 25-fold increased TB progression risk in HIV+ infants

    • 52% of HIV+ children in Kayelitsha TB infected (ELISPOT) by age 4

    • 1% of HIV+ children develop disseminated BCG disease

      (but not in those on ART)

    • EPTB is in fact lower in HIV+ than in HIV- children

    Tb hiv in mothers and infants diagnosis
    TB / HIV in Mothers and Infants: Diagnosis and Challenges

    • HIV in household is good proxy for TB exposure in Western Cape

    • Symptoms often unspecific

    • Paucibacillary disease

    • MGIT: faster and more sensitive than conventional culture

    • CXR: difficult, can be misleading

    • TST

    • Novel diagnostics: IGRAs

    Tb hiv in mothers and infants management
    TB / HIV in Mothers and Infants: Management and Challenges

    • WHO has released paediatric TB guidelines

    • IPT for all children who are TB household contacts: 40% will otherwise get infected

    • 30% increase of NVP dose needed for children on rifampicin

    • But: CD4 and VL studies using FDC (showing inadequate PK) were not different

    • Poor VL outcomes with PIs on TB Rx, even doubling the dose of LPV/r did not lead to adequate doses

    • INH use 10mg/kg

    • Rifa use 15mg/kg

    • In WHO Stage 3 and 4: start TB Rx and start ART within 2-8 weeks

    Tb hiv in mothers and infants
    TB / HIV in Mothers and Infants and Challenges

    • Focus on PMTCT of TB as TB diagnosis in infants is so difficult

    • TB screening should be included in PMTCT

      • Symptom screening found 2% of HIV+ mums had TB (South Africa)

      • CXR not useful in pregnancy in addition to clinical screening

      • TST poor sensitivity in pregnancy

      • TB culture from placenta?

    • INH should be offered routinely to HIV+ pregnant women

      • not teratogenic

      • poss. increased risk of heamorrhagic infant disease

      • unclear risk of hepatotoxicity

    Tb hiv in mothers and infants1
    TB / HIV in Mothers and Infants and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • Best TB screening methods in PMTCT settings?

      • Role of TST, IGRAs, sputum, CXR,…

    • New TB drugs for pregnant & lactating women

      • Safety, tolerability

      • PK and drug interactions

    • Safety and efficacy of IPT in mother

      • Antenatal or postnatal

    • Timing of IPT initiation in young children

      • Difficult to rule out TB in infants

    Tb hiv in mothers and infants2
    TB / HIV in Mothers and Infants and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • Rifabutin for children

      • Unknown efficacy

      • What dosage / formulations?

    • What inclusion criteria for TB drug trials for children

      • Only bacteriologically confirmed vs. clinically diagnosed?

    • Timing of BCG vaccination needs to be re-evaluated

    Mdr and xdr tb
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    • MDR (Multi drug resistanant) TB

      • Resistance to at least INH and Rifampicin

    • XDR (Extensively drug resistant) TB

      • MDR, and

      • Resistance to fluoroquinolones, and

      • One second-line injectable drug (amikacin, kanamycin, capreomycin)

    Mdr and xdr tb1
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    Mdr and xdr tb2
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    Mdr and xdr tb3
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    • 511,000 MDR TB cases globally (2007)

      • Mainly China, India, Russia, South Africa

    • 50,000 XDR TB cases

    • Africa: No clear association between HIV and MDR TB

      • Excluding outbreaks

    • Russia: risk factors were previous TB Rx and HIV+

    • Only 3% of MDR cases are expected to be treated in 2009 (WHO)

    • Most African countries don’t diagnose because they can’t treat!

    Mdr and xdr tb4
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    • Most die before diagnosis (culture) is made

      • 16 days median survival of XDR TB in South Africa

    • Most XDR TB is from recent transmission! (Genotyping)

      • Clear evidence: insufficient Rx of MDR has led to XDR

      • Long delay in diagnosis and Rx start

      • Inadequate treatment options

      • Poor infection control

    • Evidence for TB transmission in health care settings

      • Half of XDR TB cases in recent outbreak in South Africa

      • Health care workers at 5 fold increased TB risk

    Mdr and xdr tb5
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    New WHO guideline for TB infection control (July 2009)

    • Culture + DST

    • Lymphocyte Proliferation Assays

    • PICT

    • Empirical treatment for MDR in HIV+:

      • At least 4 drugs

      • Include injectables

      • Do not use cipro

    • BUT: ART may be the only effective treatment in our settings

    Mdr and xdr tb6
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • Epidemiology

      • What is the true incidence?

      • Tip of the iceberg: high early mortality and difficult diagnosis

      • 10-20% of MDR diagnosis can be lab cross-contamination

      • How and where is drug resistance being created/transmitted?

      • Drug quality?

      • Health system/patient management failures?

      • Transmission in health care facilities, eg ART clinics, community?

    Mdr and xdr tb7
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • Diagnosis

      • What are the best diagnostic algorithms for MDR-TB patients with HIV?

      • Impact of new diagnostic technologies: LPA, GenXpert

      • Best model of ICF for TB in HTC, ART clinics and the community?

      • Can cell phones be used to accelerate communication of diagnosis?

    Mdr and xdr tb8
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • Treatment

      • Where and how can MDR-TB be best managed? Hospital vs community

      • How can TB patients better access ART?

      • Drug interactions between 2nd line anti-TB drugs and ARVs

    Mdr and xdr tb9
    MDR and XDR TB and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • Infection control

      • How to separate infectious cases from susceptible contacts in a health facility / at home

      • Do surgical masks on patients work?

      • Do respirators on staff and visitors work?

      • How can behaviour change in HCWs be encouraged and maintained?

      • What indicators should be used?

    Tb iris
    TB IRIS and Challenges

    • 20% of TB ART patients develop IRIS

    • Mortality <15%, duration 2-3 months, hospitalization 21-48%

    • Risk factors

      • Low CD4

      • Disseminated TB

      • Early ART after TB Rx start

    • Diagnosis

      • Difficult without TB culture

      • Clinical deterioration in 3 months of ART

      • By exclusion: no alternative diagnosis

      • DD: MDR TB!

    • 10% of TB IRIS suspects in South Africa had RH resistance

    Tb iris management
    TB IRIS: Management and Challenges

    • Prednisolone (1.5mg/kg) significantly reduces morbidity

    • No mortality difference

    • Many relapse after 4 weeks

    • Steroids are harmful if wrong diagnosis (MDR TB)

      • Only give in tertiary settings

    Tb iris1
    TB IRIS and Challenges

    Research Questions

    • What immuno-mechanism?

    • No established lab tests

    Next session: 10 September, 2009 and Challenges

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