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New developments in tuberculosis and HIV infection: an opportunity for prevention.


J Gen Intern Med. 1994 May;9(5):286-94. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

As we approach 2010, the year by which we were to have eliminated TB, we find this ancient disease is making a comeback. This comeback is due to many factors, but the role of HIV infection is clearly important. HIV infection can result in changes in the pathogenesis and presentation of infection with the tubercle bacillus. Consequently, as health care providers, we must respond with changes in our usual methods of prevention, treatment, and infection control. Whereas the increase in TB is currently limited to certain geographic areas, it is likely to spread more widely. All health care providers should be aware of the changing face of TB and have a high clinical index of suspicion for this disease.

Antitubercular Agents/THERAPEUTIC USE AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections/EPIDEMIOLOGY/*PREVENTION & CONTROL Communicable Disease Control Disease Outbreaks/*PREVENTION & CONTROL Human Infection Control Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Tuberculosis, Multidrug-Resistant/EPIDEMIOLOGY/*PREVENTION & CONTROL Tuberculosis, Pulmonary/EPIDEMIOLOGY/*PREVENTION & CONTROL United States/EPIDEMIOLOGY JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW REVIEW, TUTORIAL


Information in this article was accurate in November 30, 1994. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.