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February 28, 2012

TB Awareness Month

South Africa has the fourth-highest burden of TB (tuberculosis) in the world and also has the largest number of drug-resistant TB cases reported worldwide. Another big problem in South Africa is the high prevalence rate of TB and HIV co-infection. HIV seriously affects the immune system which escalates the risk of contracting TB.

The month of March is ‘TB Awareness Month’  - Read further and get more information on what you need to know about Tuberculosis

HIV and the risk of anal cancer

A local health orientated website reports that anal cancer rates are higher among people infected with HIV, according to new data published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The highest rates of anal cancer were found in HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM), but rates of anal cancer among HIV-positive men and women in general were also higher than rates in the general population.

Dr Kevin Rebe, the Specialist Medical Consultant at Ivan Tom’s Health4Men in Cape Town, comments on this article.