Zimbabwe HIV/AIDS Organizations Call for Integration of TB Interventions Into Country's HIV/AIDS Programs
May 27, 2008
The Zimbabwe government should integrate tuberculosis interventions into its HIV/AIDS programs, HIV/AIDS service organizations and other health advocates said at a recent forum hosted by the Southern Africa HIV/AIDS Information Dissemination Service in the country's capital of Harare, the Herald reports.
HIV/AIDS specialist Gerald Kadzirange also called for HIV testing among people who have been diagnosed with TB. "We have realized that not all TB patients get voluntary counseling and testing and not all HIV-positive [people] were screened for TB," Kadzirange said. He called for rapid surveys on multi-drug resistant TB and extensively drug-resistant TB, which is resistant to the two most potent first-line treatments and at least two of the classes of second-line drugs, to be conducted in the country.
SafAIDS plans to host discussion forums every two months so that stakeholders can discuss the integration of HIV/AIDS and TB programs, the Herald reports (Herald, 5/23).
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