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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
NEPAL: Report Points at Dual Threat of HIV, TB
Staff Writer
July 18, 2013
Himalayan Times (07.15.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

The National TB Centre (NTC) in Nepal recently revealed the results of a one-year survey of 400 HIV-infected people taking antiretrovirals and 1,000 individuals being treated for TB at its 12 treatment centers. Results showed that 45 percent of the total population was infected with TB, approximately 40,000 people per year contracted TB, 20,000 new sputum positive cases were reported, and 5,000–7,000 people died from TB. Also, 12 of every 100 individuals with HIV were coinfected with TB. The country established treatment centers in many areas and the National TB and National AIDS programs provided free treatment to individuals coinfected with HIV and TB. Sujit Kumar Shah, NTC’s TB and HIV coordinator, noted that the center detected TB and HIV coinfection mostly in migrant workers and their wives, housewives, and female sex workers ages 20–39 years.

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