Diagnosing active tuberculosis in people living with HIV: an ongoing challenge

Saravu, Kavitha and Pai, Madhukar (2018) Diagnosing active tuberculosis in people living with HIV: an ongoing challenge. Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS, 13 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1746-630X

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Purpose of review Diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) in people living with HIV (PLHIV) remains a challenge, despite it being the most common comorbidity in this group. In this review, we provide an overview of tests for active TB, and their diagnostic performance in PLHIV. Recent findings New and updated diagnostic tests have better performance than traditional bacterial culture or smear microscopy in PLHIV. Recent developments in molecular tests have improved the sensitivity at which TB and drug susceptibility can be detected in PLHIV. Notably, the updated Xpert Ultra test can detect HIVassociated TB with high sensitivity, and a rapid lateral flow lipoarabinomannan-based assay has been shown to reduce TB-related mortality in hospitalized PLHIV. New directions in drug-susceptibility testing are being pursued, such as next-generation sequencing and line probe assays, but more evaluation in PLHIV is needed. There is growing understanding of subclinical TB, but methods to detect this type of TB are inadequate. Summary As diagnosis is the weakest link in the TB care cascade, newer more accurate TB tests must be scaled up and fully integrated into existing healthcare systems. Drug-susceptibility testing must become universal to ensure appropriate treatment regimens are prescribed, allowing TB clearance and inhibiting development of antimicrobial resistance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diagnostics; drug-susceptibility testing; HIV-associated tuberculosis; lipoarabinomannan; Xpert.
Subjects: Departments at MU > Public Health
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 09:54
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2018 09:54
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/152339

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