Recently, tuberculosis is making
a comeback, especially among with
people with HIV/AIDS. If you have
HIV, the risk of getting sick with
TB is higher because of youre
weakened immune system. But, even
though you can get sick with TB more
easily if you have HIV (or activate
inactive TB), it is important to remember
that you can prevent and treat it.
What is TB? A serious disease
caused by bacteria that usually affects
How do I get it? TB is spread
by germs through the air when someone
coughs or sneezes, and by germs in
a person's spit. You get TB if you're
exposed to these germs and breathe
them into your lungs. If you have
HIV, TB is harder to treat.
Symptoms: TB usually makes
you cough, have a fever and feel tired.
It can usually be cured by a combination
of drugs. But if left untreated, TB
can kill people.
Prevention: Basically the best
way to prevent getting TB is to avoid
contact with people suffering from
active TB of the lungs (you cant
catch TB in other parts of the body
from other people). If you already
have TB, you can get anti-TB medication
to prevent getting active TB (prophylaxis).
Treatment: If you have active
TB, recovery is possible in most cases
through rigorous drug therapy and
antibiotics. The medications used
to prevent and treat TB are available
free of charge in Canada. Talk to
your doctor about the best options