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WHO says more HIV patients should be screened for tuberculosis

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1181
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Mexico City

    The World Health Organization has issued guidelines to try to reduce the burden of tuberculosis among people infected with HIV in an effort to tackle the 230 000 deaths a year in people infected with both conditions.

    The guidelines say that it is essential to increase the use of isoniazid as a preventive measure for tuberculosis and the use of antiretroviral drugs for HIV.

    They also emphasise the need for collaboration and coordination of activities at all levels of operations, including planning, surveillance, delivery of services, and programme evaluation. The guidelines were …

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