TB and HIV data needed for diagnosis
Speaking at a training workshop on HIV research and prevention, Lu-Yu Hwang, professor of epidemiology and disease control at the
With such a scenario, there was a need for better data about the population and better coordination between research and laboratories, she said.
Vietnamese health officials have raised the issue recently, citing the increasing number of TB cases, especially among people with HIV/AIDS.
Treatment for people with both TB and HIV is difficult because of the patients’ low immunity and multi-drug resistance.
TB is a serious problem since the air-borne disease can spread easily without contact. In the world, as many as 2 billion, or one-third of the world’s population, suffer from TB. Every year about 8.9 million more people are infected with TB. Twelve per cent of the new adult cases are HIV carriers and about 1.8 million people die of TB every year.
Dr. Edward Graviss, associate professor of the American Baylor College of Medicine, said that timing was the key element to the treatment of TB, with early diagnosis crucial to prevent and control the disease.
In his presentation yesterday, Graviss also spoke with 80 medical workers at the districts’ clinics for HIV/AIDS prevention and control in
Throughout the five-day workshop that opened here on Monday, participants will learn about different research methods in epidemiology, biostatistics and behavioural research.
The workshop, organised by
Palmer Beasley, professor of epidemiology and disease control at the