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INDIA: Genital TB in Women Can Cause Devastating Damage: Experts
By Manish Umbrajkar
August 19, 2013
Times of India (08.18.2013)

The Conference on Genital TB and Infertility Management in Pune, India, was organized by the Pune Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (POGS) and the Association of Maharashtra Obstetric and Gynecological Societies (AMOGS) to share current knowledge of genital TB with Indian healthcare providers. Conference experts attributed 5 to 20 percent of infertility among Indian couples to genital TB, which could permanently damage reproductive organs before showing any symptoms. Infertility expert Sanjeev Khurd noted that genital TB was especially damaging to a woman’s fallopian tubes and uterine cavity. More than 350 gynecologists, physicians, and family doctors attended the Pune conference. Topics included clinical and laboratory tools for early diagnosis and proper treatment protocols. The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly recommended against using the blood tests currently used for TB diagnosis to identify genital TB. Other than streptomycin, anti-TB drugs were safe for pregnant women and their unborn children. H. H. Clavan, joint director (TB), State Public Health Services, urged government and private practitioners to comply with notification requirements for all TB cases. TB has been a notifiable disease in India since May 2012. WHO declared TB a global emergency in 1993.