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How To Prevent Tuberculosis When You Have Hiv

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The Well Project

Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Introduction Forms of TB TB and HIV Preventing TB TB Symptoms Detecting and Diagnosing TB TB Treatment TB and Pregnancy The Bottom Line Introduction Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection of the lungs and respiratory system. Alongwith HIV, TB is one of the world's leading causes of death due to disease. TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, in 2010, closeto nine million people...
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hello. i am hiv+ and recently had my TB skin test come back positive. i am going to start the preventative treatment soon, but i was just wondering if once you test positive for tb, you will always test positive like hiv, or will the tb go away...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Yes -- your skin test will always be positive, and it will be important for you to successfully complete the preventive treatment for TB and to tell other doctors and nurses in the future that you have already had this preventive medication.... Read more »

Working with Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Ive heard that people who are HIV positive easily catch tuberculosis. Please let me know that what factors makes you predisposed to tuberculosis, Upto what CD4 count one can be assured of not harboring this disease and what precautions should be...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
There is no hard and fast CD4 number for risk of acquiring TB. The greatest risk is in those with CD4 counts < 200 and not on HIV treatment. The first issue is to make sure you have not already had prior exposure to TB. A simple blood test can... Read more »


Dr. McGowan,I had my routine checkup this morning and was shocked to hear I tested positive for TB.The test was Quantiferon Gold blood test. I had a negative skin test in 2008 and 2009. I have no symptoms, exersize, run 5-6 days per week, and am in...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
I can't speak to how you may have come in contact with TB, but given the positive blood test, your doctor is correct, you will need to go on preventative treatment for several months. It would not be a good idea to forgo the TB meds. Yes, there... Read more »

How does HIV affect TB? (TB/HIV CO-INFECTION, 2011) (TUBERCULOSIS AND HIV, 2011)

Hi,I'm writing because I've been on/off HIV meds since 2003, for various reasons. I have been on meds long-term now for over a year, and my cd4 has improved from 1% to 11%, and viral load undetected. Well, about 5 months ago I was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello.TB/HIV coinfection is a common and often challenging problem. HIV weakens the immune system, increasing the likelihood of opportunistic infections. TB can increase the rate of HIV replication, which can lead to decreased CD4 and worsening of... Read more »
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