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WHO issues new guidelines for TB prevention among HIV-positives

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has released updated guidelines for preventing TB among persons living with HIV in resource-limited countries, including the recommendation that those presenting without active TB receive at least six months of isoniazid prophylaxis treatment (IPT).

TB is the most common killer of HIV positive people, and approximately 380,000 people living with HIV die from TB every year.

In order to adequately identify candidates for the isoniazid therapy, a simple, standardized TB screening rule for people living with HIV in resource-constrained settings is included in the guidelines…