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Use of kerosene cooking fuel is positively associated with TB in women and children in our analysis using reported sources of exposure.

Group Photo, BJGMC Clinical Research Site, 2016, Pune, India

The Indo-JHU Clinical Research partnership at BJGMC in Pune, India, is now one of the top enrollers among all ACTG research sites internationally.

Clinical Research

Leadership
Dr. Amita Gupta of Johns Hopkins is Principal Investigator for the Indo-JHU Clinical Research Partnership based out of CCGHE. Research is directed locally in India out of the BJGMC-JHU Clinical Research Site by Dr. Vidya Mave, a Hopkins faculty member who lives in Pune. Dr. Nikhil Gupte is the Lead Biostatistician and Deputy Director and Dr. Nishi Suryavanshi is Clinical Site Coordinator and Deputy Director. Research is conducted in collaboration with the following institutions:
 
 

Low sensitivity of total lymphocyte count as a surrogate marker to identify antepartum and postpartum Indian women who require antiretroviral therapy

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2007-11-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Background: Some studies support the use of total lymphocyte count (TLC) as a surrogate marker for CD4 cell count to guide antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation. However, most of these studies have focused on nonpregnant adults. In light of expanding ART access through prevention of mother-to-...

Declining HIV Incidence among patients attending sexually transmitted infection clinics in Pune, India

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2007-08-15
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Objective: A recent report suggesting declining HIV transmission rates in southern India has been based on HIV seroprevalence data to estimate HIV incidence. We analyzed HIV incidence rates among 3 cohorts (male, female non-sex worker, female sex worker [FSW]) presenting to sexually transmitted...

Declining HIV infection rates among recently married, pregnant women in Pune, India

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2007-08-15
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Background: A single recent study has suggested a decrease in HIV risk for women attending antenatal clinics (ANCs) in southern India. Yet, some have questioned the validity of the Indian national surveillance data and analyses. Previous studies suggest that the only major HIV risk factor for...

Mother-to-child transmission of HIV among women who chose not to exclusively breastfeed their infants in Pune, India

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2007-08-15
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Indian Journal of Medical Research
Background and Objective: The percentage of HIV cases attributed to mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) has increased several fold in recent years. No reports are available on HIV MTCT rates among HIV-infected choosing not be exclusively breastfeed their infants in India. We examined HIV MTCT rates...

U.S. medical resident familiarity with national tuberculosis guidelines

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2007-08-02
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BMC Infectious Diseases
Background: The ability of medical residents training at U.S. urban medical centers to diagnose and manage tuberculosis cases has important public health implications. We assessed medical resident knowledge about tuberculosis diagnosis and early management based on American Thoracic Society...

Mortality and clinical characteristics of hospitalized adult patients with HIV in Pune, India

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2007-08-01
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Indian Journal of Medical Research
Background and Objective: In India, data regarding mortality and clinical characteristics of hospitalized HIV-infected patients are sparse, which may limit the effectiveness of new hospital-based HIV programmes providing antiretroviral therapy (ART). The objective of our study was to determine...

Post-partum TB incidence and mortality among HIV-infected women and their infants in Pune, India 2002-2005

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2007-07-15
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Clinical Infectious Diseases
Background: In contrast with many other countries, isoniazid preventative therapy is not recommended in clinical care guidelines for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons with latent tuberculosis (TB) in India. Methods: Seven hundred fifteen HIV-infected mothers and their infants were...

Hematogenous osteomyelitis mimicking osteosarcoma due to Community Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

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2007-06-15
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Infection
Community Associated Methicillin - Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is an emerging pathogen with increasing clinical significance. Initially recognized as a cause of skin and soft tissue infections, it has soon been shown to cause life threatening illnesses. We describe two cases of...

Clinically significant anemia in HIV-infected pregnant women in India is not a major barrier to zidovudine use for prevention of maternal-to-child transmission

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2007-06-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Objectives: To determine the prevalence of anemia (serum hemoglobin <10 g/dL) and assess zidovudine use and toxicity in HIV-positive pregnant women in India. Methods: From 2002 through 2006, 24,105 pregnant women in Pune were screened for HIV and anemia. As part of an infant prevention of mother...

Adherence to antiretroviral therapy and virologic suppression among HIV-infected persons receiving care in private clinics in Mumbai, India

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2007-05-01
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Clinical Infectious Diseases
Background: Adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and correlates of adherence and virologic suppression among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons receiving ART in private, outpatient clinics in India is unknown. Methods: Between December 2004 and April 2005, persons receiving...

Impact of maternal HIV co-infection on the vertical transmission of Hepatitis C virus: a meta-analysis.

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2007-04-15
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Clinical Infectious Diseases
Background: Observational studies suggest that maternal human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-hepatitis C virus (HCV) coinfection is associated with increased odds of vertical HCV transmission. We performed a meta-analysis to summarize current evidence. Methods: We systematically searched for relevant...

Knowledge, attitudes and practices of antiretroviral therapy among adults attending private and public clinics in India

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2007-02-15
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AIDS Patient Care and STDs
India has approximately 5.2 million persons infected with HIV. Although antiretroviral therapy (ART) is being widely introduced in public clinics, many HIV-infected persons still seek care via the private sector. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2004 at six public and private sites to...

The traveling farm wife

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2007-01-15
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American Journal of Medicine
In late summer, a 77-year-old woman was hospitalized after 9 days of chills, low-grade fever, fatigue, and generalized weakness. She did not have abdominal pain, coughing, diarrhea, dyspnea, jaundice, nausea, rashes, sore throat, vomiting, or weight loss. Her medical history was significant for...

Same-sex behavior and high rates of HIV among men attending sexually transmitted infection clinics in Pune, India (1993-2002)

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2006-12-01
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Objectives: To determine HIV/sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevalence, trends, and risk behaviors of men who have sex with men (MSM) and compare these with those of non-MSM attending STI clinics in Pune, India over a 10-year period. Methods: From 1993 through 2002, men attending 3 STI...

Community preparedness for HIV vaccine trials in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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2006-11-30
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Culture, Health, and Sexuality
This paper reports on an assessment of community preparedness for HIV vaccine trials in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Formative research was conducted in the capital city of Kinshasa during the period October 2003 to March 2004 to answer questions pertinent to planning trials of a preventive...

Improved adherence and less toxicity with rifampin vs isoniazid for treatment of latent tuberculosis: a retrospective study

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2006-09-25
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Archives of Internal Medicine
Background: Treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is an important aspect of tuberculosis control in the United States, but the effectiveness of this strategy is compromised by poor adherence to the recommended 9-month isoniazid regimen. In this study, we compared treatment completion...

Evaluation of serologic screening for identification of chronic Salmonella typhi carriers in Vietnam

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2006-07-10
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International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Objectives: To determine the utility of screening anti-Vi antibodies to detect chronic Salmonella Typhi carriers in an endemic community. Methods: We conducted a community-based serologic survey for anti-Vi antibodies to identify chronic Salmonella Typhi carriers in a typhoid endemic region in...

High rates of syphilis among STI patients are contributing to the spread of HIV-1 in India

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2006-04-15
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Sexually Transmitted Infections
Background: Recent syphilis outbreaks have raised concern regarding the potential enhancement of HIV transmission. The incidence of syphilis and its association with HIV‐1 infection rates among a cohort of sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic attendees was investigated. Methods: 2732 HIV‐1...

Low HIV-1 incidence among married serodiscordant couples in Pune, India

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2006-03-15
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Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Unlike commercial sex workers and patients attending sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinics, married couples are not typically targeted for HIV risk reduction programs in India. Thus, married partners of HIV-infected persons are at particularly high risk for HIV infection. Between September...

The expanding realm of heterologous immunity: friend or foe?

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2006-02-15
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Cellular Microbiology
Antecedent or current infections can alter the immunopathologic outcome of a subsequent unrelated infection. Immunomodulation by co-infecting pathogens has been referred to as 'heterologous immunity' and has been postulated to play a role in host susceptibility to disease, tolerance to organ...

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TB in pregnancy and novel TB diagnostics

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2009-04-28
Gupta, A. TB in pregnancy and novel TB diagnostics. BJ Medical College Grand Rounds. BJ Medical College. Pune, India.

Collaborative Leadership through Effective Networks

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2009-04-21
Bollinger, R. Collaborative Leadership through Effective Networks. Infectious Disease Summit. Kampala, Uganda.

Information Technology and Distance Learning and UbuntuNet and Broadband Connectivity in Four African Countries

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2009-04-17
Bollinger, R. Information Technology and Distance Learning and UbuntuNet and Broadband Connectivity in Four African Countries. Consortium Workshop: Training Future Leaders in Global Health. Nairobi, Kenya.

Global Health Education - Where in the world are we?

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2009-04-03
Bollinger, R. Global Health Education - Where in the world are we? Annual GHEC Conference. Seattle, WA.

Update on HIV Resistance

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2009-03-31
Page, K. Update on HIV Resistance. COMISCA (Consejos de Ministerios de Salud de Centroamerica- Counsel of Central American Ministries of Health). Renaissance Hotel. San Salvador, El Salvador.

PMTCT, infant feeding and response to ART treatment and resistance in women and children

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2009-03-26
Gupta, A. PMTCT, infant feeding and response to ART treatment and resistance in women and children. US State Department Workshop. Baylor Center for Excellence Pediatric Hospital. Maseru, Lesotho.

Global HIV: Top Ten Developments of the Past Year and Prevention and Treatment of HIV in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

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2009-01-30
Bollinger, R. Global HIV: Top Ten Developments of the Past Year and Prevention and Treatment of HIV in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities. University of South Florida. Tampa, FL.

WHISC presentation of P1078

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2008-12-07
Gupta, A. WHISC presentation of P1078. IMPAACT Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Early mortality in HIV treatment and TB empiric therapy: Weighing the risks and benefits of an empiric TB strategy

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2008-12-05
Gupta, A. Early mortality in HIV treatment and TB empiric therapy: Weighing the risks and benefits of an empiric TB strategy. ACTG Meeting. Baltimore, MD.

Update on opportunistic infections and IRIS

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2008-12-03
Gupta, A. Update on opportunistic infections and IRIS. Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education Training. Wilmington Hospital. Wilmington, DE.

World AIDS day for African students

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2008-12-02
Gupta, A. World AIDS day for African students. US State Department Live Webcast. Washington, DC.

Global Perspective of HIV

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2008-12-01
Bollinger, R. Global Perspective of HIV. Caring for the City of HIV, World AIDS Day Celebration. Pastoral Care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Baltimore, MD.

Global epidemiology and its impact on the Macroeconomics of Countries

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2008-10-28
Bollinger, R. Global epidemiology and its impact on the Macroeconomics of Countries. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton School. Philadelphia, PA.

Perspectives on Health Care Delivery in Latin America

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2008-09-30
Page, K. Perspectives on Health Care Delivery in Latin America. Latin American Student Society. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Baltimore, MD.

Telemedicine in Resource Limited Countries

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2008-09-25
Bollinger, R. Telemedicine in Resource Limited Countries. Children’s National Medical Center. Washington, DC.

Community-based HIV Care

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2008-09-09
Chang, L. Community-based HIV Care. HIV Online Provider Education (H.O.P.E.) Conference. Harvard University Center for AIDS Research. Cambridge, MA.

Ceftriaxone-resistant Salmonella

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2008-06-21
Gupta, A. Ceftriaxone-resistant Salmonella. International Conference on Infectious Diseases. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tuberculosis in Pregnancy

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2008-06-06
Thomas, A. Tuberculosis in Pregnancy. Workshop on Research Priorities for Pediatric Tuberculosis. NIAID/NICHD. Rockville, MD.

An update in opportunistic infections

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2008-05-16
Gupta, A. An update in opportunistic infections. Johns Hopkins HIV Clinical Care Conference. Baltimore, MD.

An Annual Checkup of South Asia’s Public Health

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2008-05-13
Bollinger, R. An Annual Checkup of South Asia’s Public Health. Foreign Service Institute. U.S. Department of State. Washington, DC.

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