National AIDS Control Organization will be launching a month-long campaign in six high-prevalent states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur and Nagaland focussing on the linkage between HIV and TB. The campaign will be conducted through the mass media including electronic and print. It is pertinent to remember that the HIV virus lowers the immunity of the person, easily exposing him to opportunistic infections of which TB is the most common infection. An HIV positive person has 60% high risk of contracting tuberculosis and hence, prevention of TB attains paramount importance.
TB can be completely cured by taking DOTS regularly which is made available by the Government free of cost across the country. The HIV positive people are advised to undertake tests for tuberculosis periodically so that they may take treatment in time to lead healthy lives. The tests for both HIV and TB are also available free of cost at Government hospitals and medical clinics.
It is expected that the campaign will raise awareness levels about HIV - TB linkage and help in promoting the services being provided by the Government for the benefit of the HIV positive people.