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Focus on TB treatment advances

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, SEPT. 10. The Tuberculosis Research Centre, a wing of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Chennai, is organising a two-day continuing medical education programme on Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) starting Saturday.

The programme will cover recent advances in treatment of HIV and TB.

Participants from across the country will discuss aspects such as disease pathogenesis, drug resistance, treatment and prevention.

The programme is backed by the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi,

About one-third of the population living with HIV all over the world are also infected with the TB organism, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MTB).

An HIV-positive person infected with MTB has a 50 per cent risk of developing TB whereas the rest have only a 10 per cent chance.

In developing countries, TB is the major cause of mortality in people living with HIV/AIDS. This calls for early diagnosis and treatment of such people and also prevent them from getting infected, said a release.

N.K. Ganguly, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research, will inaugurate the programme at Russian Cultural Centre, Alwarpet, at 10 a.m. About 200 doctors are expected to take part.

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