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Provision of antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive TB patients – 19 countries, sub-Saharan Africa, 2009-2013

All HIV-positive tuberculosis (TB) patients should receive , which reduces the incidence of TB and reduces mortality among HIV-positive TB patients. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the incidence of TB disease, and early initiation of ART after the start of reduces progression of and death among HIV-positive TB patients. In spite of recommendations for all HIV-positive TB patients to receive ART, a high proportion of persons with TB disease and who should be on life-saving are not yet receiving treatment.

Provision of ART for all HIV-positive TB patients is needed to reduce the morbidity and mortality of HIV-associated TB and decrease the global burden of TB and HIV.

Article: Provision of Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV-Positive TB Patients – 19 Countries, Sub-Saharan Africa, 2009-2013, E. Kainne Dokubo, MD, et al., Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published 26 November 2014.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)