Efficacy of secondary isoniazid preventive therapy among HIV-infected Southern Africans: Time to change policy?

Gavin J. Churchyard, Katherine Fielding, Salome Charalambous, John H. Day, Elizabeth L. Corbett, Richard J. Hayes, Richard E. Chaisson, Kevin M. De Cock, Badara Samb, Alison D. Grant

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Objective. To determine the efficacy of secondary preventive therapy against tuberculosis (TB) among goldminers working in South Africa. Design. An observational study. Methods. The incidence of recurrent TB was compared between two cohorts of HIV-infected miners: one cohort had received secondary preventive therapy with isoniazid and the other had not. Setting. Health service providing comprehensive care for goldminers. Participants. 338 men received secondary preventive therapy and 221 did not. Main outcome measure. Incidence of recurrent TB. Results. The overall incidence of recurrent TB was reduced by 55% among men who received isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) compared to those who did not (incidence rates 8.6 and 19.1 per 100 person-years respectively, incidence rate ratio 0.45; 95% CI 0.26-0.78). The efficacy of isoniazid preventive therapy was unchanged after controlling for CD4 count and age. The number of person-years of isoniazid preventive therapy required to prevent one case of recurrent TB among individuals with a CD4 count < 200/μl and ≥ 200/μl was 5 and 19, respectively. Conclusion. Secondary preventive therapy reduces TB recurrence: the absolute impact appears to be greatest among individuals with low CD4 counts. International TB preventive therapy guidelines for HIV-infected individuals need to be expanded to include recommendations for secondary preventive therapy in settings where TB prevalence is high.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalSouthern African Journal of HIV Medicine
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases


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