TB hits health workers

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TB hits health workers

TB is the most common serious opportunistic infection that HIV-positive South Africans contract. TB patients who are tested for HIV can be put on antiretroviral treatment earlier, which can prevent further opportunistic infections and even death.
“If you don’t treat the HIV you don’t treat the underlying cause, and the patient could get another episode of TB or another infection later on,” Dheda says.

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