Reduction of tuberculosis infection risk in people living with HIV through antiretroviral therapy

The online journal PLoS Medicine has published findings of a WHO-led meta-analysis revealing that antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the risk of tuberculosis (TB) infection by 65% in people living with HIV.

This protective effect of ART against TB was seen irrespective of the CD4 counts at which people started taking antiretroviral treatment. These findings will inform the on-going review of WHO guidance on when to start ART in people living with HIV and at risk of TB.

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