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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 142-146

A study of an association between tuberculosis and HIV among ICTC attendees at a tertiary care hospital of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

1 Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, RPGMC, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India

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Tripti Chauhan
Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.105063

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Background: In India, HIV epidemic and tuberculosis (TB) have posed enormous challenges in the control of TB. Objectives: To determine the proportion of TB in HIV positive and HIV negative patients. Materials and Methods: This hospital based cross-sectional study was conducted in the ICTC of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla from 1 st January 2007 to 31 st August 2007. A sample of 525 consecutive attendees in the age group of 15 to 50/> years were included as study subjects. After counseling, confirmation of HIV status was done according to NACO and diagnosis of TB as per the RNTCP guidelines. Their clinical presentations, PTB and site of EPTB were studied.A pretested questionnaire was used to collect a detailed history followed by a physical examination. Laboratory and radiological investigations were carried out appropriately. Results: Among the 525 attendees, 198 (37.7%) were seropositives and 327 (62.3%) were seronegatives. Of the seropositives more affected were females, 105 (53%) than males, 93 (47%). Wherein among seronegatives, male to female ratio was 2:1. The most common symptoms of PTB among seropositives were cough >3 weeks in 40%, followed by production of purulent sputum in 33.8% and fever >3 weeks in 23% as compared to seronegatives, where the commonly reported symptom was cough >3 weeks in 25.4% (P < 0.00002). EPTB was observed in almost double the proportion, 24.2% of seropositives as compared to seronegatives, 12% (P < 0.0001). However, 17.7% of seropositives as compared to 10.1% of seronegatives were suffering from PTB infection (P < 0.006). Conclusion: TB in HIV patients presentas extra-pulmonary involvement more frequently.

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