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The Feasibility Of Integration Of Active Tuberculosis Case Finding In A Mobile HIV-Testing Clinic

A research article by from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and colleagues describe the feasibility and costs of an active case finding project in , South Africa.

The study describes the integration of tuberculosis testing into a for HIV-negative individuals with symptoms suggestive of tuberculosis and all HIV-positive individuals.

The mobile testing clinic, named the Tutu Tester after , visits underserviced areas in greater Cape Town and provides testing services for deprived communities.

The study demonstrates that active tuberculosis case finding in settings with a high burden of HIV and tuberculosis is feasible and has a high uptake, yield, and treatment success. However, the authors note that further work is required to determine whether mobile active tuberculosis case finding is cost-effective and whether the service can be scaled up.

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Funding: The study was funded by the Wellcome Trust. KK and SDL had support from the Wellcome Trust, RW had support from IEDEA (5U01AI069924-02, CEPAC (5 R01 AI058736-02), USAID Right to Care (CA 674 A 00 08 0000 700), CIPRA (IU19AI53217-07), LGB had support from NIH CIPRA (1U19AI053217). The used in this study was funded by the following sources: USAID and Agence Francaise de Developpment. No funding bodies had any role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Citation: Kranzer K, Lawn SD, Meyer-Rath G, Vassall A, Raditlhalo E, et al. (2012) Feasibility, Yield, and Cost of Active Tuberculosis Case Finding Linked to a Mobile HIV Service in Cape Town, South Africa: A Cross-sectional Study. PLoS Med 9(8): e1001281. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001281
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001281
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