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TB question
Jan 3, 2002

Hi Doctor, You have mentioned the relationship between TB and HIV and vice versa. What can a hiv+ man do to avoid TB. Why is there a prevalence of TB in hiv+ people?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

The best thing you can do if you have no symptoms of TB (weight loss, cough, fever) is to be screened annually for TB by having a TB skin test (called a "PPD"). If you have symptoms that suggest active TB, you should present yourself for an evaluation as soon as possible. Otherwise, there is no specific thing you can do or avoid doing to prevent getting TB. The reason the two epidemics 'travel together' is that both HIV and TB will affect your immune system, making you more susceptible to other germs.


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