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Press conference devoted to the International Day of treating tuberculosis, Saint-Petersburg

World TB day 2013 had the slogan “Stop TB in my lifetime.” This day is a great opportunity to raise the awareness for the problems…

World TB day 2013 had the slogan “Stop TB in my lifetime.” This day is a great opportunity to raise the awareness for the problems of the disease in the world and highlights the state of preventive care and treatment.
Treatment of tuberculosis doesn’t require high expenses but there is a lack of funding in this field.
During last few years everywhere in the world there are two interconnected epidemics – HIV and tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is the earliest, most often and most significant complication experienced by HIV patients. Annual risk of tuberculosis in HIV patients is 10% – 50% and it depends on immunodeficiency level. Risk of tuberculosis in overall population is 10 % during lifetime. Pilot initiative of analysis of access to the treatment of tuberculosis is successfully conducted in Saint Petersburg since February 2013. The project is carried out by members of people living with HIV community.

Speakers:
1. Epidemiologist Panteleeva Olga who is the head of medical statistics department of Saint Petersburg Centre of preventive care and treatment of AIDS and infectious diseases.
2. Sodorenko Natalia who is a coordinator of NP “E.V.A” project “Improvement of access to the tuberculosis treatment for patients with HIV/TB coinfection in Russian Federation”.

3. Egorova Natalia member of NP “E.V.A” stuff, representative of community of patients living with HIV/TB coinfection.
Participants of the conference reported on
• First results of evaluation of the access to tuberculosis treatment
• Situation of the spread of tuberculosis in Saint Petersburg
• Difficulties of treatment tuberculosis in patients with coinfection.

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