How TB is treated

The standard TB regimen is a six month course of antibiotics but the duration and drugs used may vary according to a patient’s age, type of TB infection, and whether they have been treated before.  Treating TB takes longer than treating other types of bacterial infections because the bacteria that cause TB grow slowly, and die slowly.  The standard six month course of treatment consists of two phases.  The first phase lasts two months and is called the intensive phase.  The second phase lasts four months and is called the continuous phase.

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A quick reference to drugs commonly used in the management of TB

This is a very useful quick reference guide to first and second-line TB drugs from the WRHI.

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Mobilise against TB

Statement by the Treatment Action Campaign, the HIV Clinicians Society of Southern Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières, SECTION27 (incorporating the AIDS Law Project), HIV i-Base, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI), Jhpiego and the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)

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My experience with the health system and TB

Lihle Dlamini is the Deputy General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign. Her HIV activism started in 2002 when she was diagnosed with TB and experienced the horrors of the South African public health system.

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Diagnostic tests for active tuberculosis

This article descibes the tests that are used to diagnose active TB.

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How TB drugs work

Use this slideshow to see the different TB drugs and how they work.

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Battling the white plague

How old is TB? Where does it come from? What was our understanding of TB before the rise of scientific medicine? Read this history of TB to find out.

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Drug-resistant TB

Stigma, isolation and a high risk of death: these are the challenges facing most drug-resistant TB patients. This article explains drug-resistance and what is fueling it.

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Tuberculosis in Children

TB has become a neglected disease, but it is particularly neglected in children. This article introduces the science of TB in children and describes childhood TB epidemics in different parts of the world.

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