Notification of tuberculosis in patients with AIDS

J Public Health Med. 1998 Jun;20(2):218-20. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.pubmed.a024746.


Background: In the early 1990s cases of tuberculosis in people with HIV infection and AIDS were undernotified. A study to evaluate changes in notification rates in two inner London local authorities was undertaken for the period January 1993-June 1996 inclusive.

Methods: For residents of the two local authorities, tuberculosis notifications were identified using a local database, and cases of AIDS with a recorded diagnosis of tuberculosis were identified from AIDS case reports.

Results: During the study period, only 13 (32 per cent) of the 41 AIDS cases with a recorded diagnosis of tuberculosis were also notified as a case of tuberculosis. However, the proportion of notified cases rose from 0 per cent (0 of 11) in 1993 to 50 per cent (5 of 10) in 1995 and 63 per cent (5 of 8) in early 1996.

Conclusion: The increase in the tuberculosis notification rate for people with AIDS is encouraging, but scope for improvement remains.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / epidemiology*
  • Adult
  • Disease Notification / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • London / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / epidemiology*