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Tuberculosis: HIV Infection

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) are subsequently tested for HIV infection; and what proportion of those diagnosed with HIV are subsequently tested for TB. (256090)

To protect identity of patients with HIV/AIDS, the national HIV/AIDS database is anonymised. For this reason, it is not possible to identify the sequence in which the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB)/HIV co-infection was established. It is only possible to identify an overall proportion of patients with TB/HIV co-infection.

The most recent data from the Health Protection Agency indicate that approximately 8 per cent. of TB cases in England are co-infected with HIV (2005).

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of tuberculosis (TB) patients in England are co-infected with HIV; and what plans there are to reduce HIV-TB co-infection rates. (256091)

The most recent data from the Health Protection Agency indicate that approximately 8 per cent. of tuberculosis (TB) cases in England are co-infected with HIV (2005).

The Department supported development of the following guidance that recommends shared case management between TB and HIV professions:

‘Clinical Diagnosis and Management of Tuberculosis, and Measures for its Prevention and Control’ (National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), 2006)

‘Tuberculosis Prevention and Treatment: A Toolkit for Planning, Commissioning and Delivering High-Quality Services in England’ (2007);

‘Recommended Standards for NHS HIV Services’ (2003);

‘HIV in Primary Care’ (2004); and

‘HIV for non- HIV Specialists’ (2008).

Copies have been placed in the Library.