Arthur E. Pitchenik, MD
The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic poses profound problems for the control of tuberculosis in developing countries. Even though tuberculous infection and tuberculosis are very common among certain subpopulations in developing countries (1-4), the introduction and spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within these populations can increase the rate of tuberculosis by logarithmic proportions. Further, among patients in these groups, HIV infection may be increasingly common (5). The percentage of patients with tuberculosis (inpatients and outpatients) who were HIV seropositive was 59% (110 of 188) in Zambia (6), 58% in Uganda (7), 34% (137 of 403) in Zimbabwe (8),
Pitchenik AE. Tuberculosis Control and the AIDS Epidemic in Developing Countries. Ann Intern Med. ;113:89–91. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-2-89
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(2):89-91.
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