Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
LIMA, Mônica M.. HIV/tuberculosis co-infection: a request for a better surveillance. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1997, vol.31, n.3, pp. 217-220. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101997000300001.
The increasing endemicity of tuberculosis resulting from causes such as immigration, poverty, a declining public health infrastructure and co-infection by HIV/Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is leading to a change in tuberculosis control programmes. One of the main reasons for the resurgence of tuberculosis is HIV infection - the risk of tuberculosis is greater in HIV patients than in the majority of the population as can be seen from numerous research projects. The need for systematic testing for HIV infection in all tuberculosis patients by undertaking confidential HIV tests on admission to a tuberculosis programme is brought out. This measure would increase the number of cases diagnosed and provide data for better surveillance of the co-infection.
Keywords : Tuberculosis [etiology]; HIV infections; Epidemiologic surveillance.