The International Journal of TB & Lung Disease: Gender and TB: Socio-cultural aspects


Publication details

Publication date: 12 July 2008
Number of pages: 4
Languages: English



The experience of the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1997 in assisting high TB burden countries to set up standardised TB surveillance systems shows that globally, men account for a higher proportion of notified TB cases (63% or 64%). Data on sex differentials in TB from some Western European countries during the period from 1930 to 1950, when the disease burden there was still high, present a different picture: no significant difference in TB between sexes in childhood and pre-adolescence, a higher incidence in female than in male adolescents and young adults, and a higher incidence in men than in women after 40 years of age.