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Need to Fight TB with Multiple Weapons

Two large studies in Africa illustrate the difficulty of getting a handle on the continent's raging tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, researchers said here.

One study, which looked at a household-based campaign against TB and HIV, found that it prevented TB incidence and transmission, while apparently increasing HIV testing, reported Peter Godfrey-Faussett, MD, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

On the other hand, an intense TB prevention campaign aimed at gold miners found no durable effect, according to Alison Grant, MD, PhD, also of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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