Low tuberculosis knowledge among HIV-infected patients in a high HIV prevalence region within southeast India

Nick Arora, Ravi Vadrevu, Aditya Chandrasekhar, Amita Gupta

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Setting: A private multispecialty hospital in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India. Methods: A survey of knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions adapted from a pretested questionnaire was administered to 128 HIV-infected adults, fromJuly to August 2008. Results: A total of 31% had not heard of tuberculosis (TB), with 15 (38%) currently receiving anti-TB therapy or had received it in the past. Of those familiar with TB, 70% could not list a method by which it was spread. Low education attainment, female sex, and less frequent television exposurewere associatedwith lowTBliteracy.Conclusions:HIV-infected patients in southeast India havepoor knowledge of TB and the methods by which it is spread. Scale-up of patient-directed educational programs is necessary to help control TB in India.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-89
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013



  • HIV/AIDS India
  • HIV/TB coinfection
  • Tuberculosis India
  • Tuberculosis knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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