South Africa to Test All HIV Patients for TB
October 13, 2010
South African health officials said Wednesday they want to begin screening all HIV patients for TB. The officials also said they are working on three drug regimens to treat drug-resistant TB, and they are testing four vaccines, which they hope to release by 2015. The country has one of the world's highest TB rates because of its AIDS epidemic. HIV patients are more susceptible to TB because of weakened immune systems. The World Health Organization reports South Africa had nearly 460,000 new TB cases in 2007.
San Francisco Chronicle
10.13.2010; Associated Press
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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