Dr. Kenneth Castro, Director of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, explains why it is important for people living with HIV to be tested for TB. Created: 7/23/2012 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).
Date Released: 7/23/2012. Series Name: HIV/AIDS.
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So if you're HIV infected, make sure you ask your doctor to test you for tuberculosis. We have a skin test and a blood test, both of which would detect the presence of latent tuberculosis, and if you do have that, we have treatment that could be given to prevent you from ever developing disease.
If, on the other hand, you have symptoms, such as cough, weight loss, night sweats, make sure that the doctors think of tuberculosis because if we diagnose it, we can cure it.
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