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AIDS Alert. 1995 Apr;10(4):58-9.

Tuberculosis rising in areas with high HIV rates.

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The incidence of tuberculosis (TB), particularly multidrug-resistant TB, is rising among HIV-infected men and women, showing that diagnosis is critical to prevention and treatment of the disease. A speaker at the national conference on HIV infection in women, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC, February, 1995, told providers that preventive therapy can substantially reduce the HIV-infected patient's risk of developing active clinical tuberculosis. Since noncompliance is a major deterrent to successful prevention, the speaker stressed the importance of monitoring patients identified with TB on a monthly basis. According to the CDC, 25,287 cases of active TB were reported in 1993; about 38 percent of which were among HIV-infected men and women.

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