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TB and HIV

I was tested and was found to have both TB and HIV. What happens next?

If you have TB and are also HIV positive but are not on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, you will be started on TB treatment immediately. Your nurse or doctor will start you on ARVs within two to eight weeks.

If you are on ARV treatment already, you will continue with your ARVs and you will start TB treatment immediately.

If you are pregnant, have TB and HIV and you are already on ARVs, your doctor or nurse may change your treatment to find one that is best for you and your baby.

I am HIV positive, should I be worried about TB?

HIV weakens the immune system. All people living with HIV should be screened for TB disease or infection. If you are HIV positive and also test positive for TB, you should get treatment as soon as possible. If you are taking antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), inform your healthcare provider to avoid drug interactions.

Remember, TB is curable, even if you have HIV. So, you should not worry, but be always on the look-out for the first sign of TB

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