Tuberculosis in persons with concomittant diseases in Houston, Texas, 2004 to 2008
The purpose of this study is to evaluate characteristics of tuberculosis (TB) in diabetics and persons infected with HIV from 2004 to 2008 in Houston, Texas. This analysis will allow us to identify demographic trends. Previous studies have shown that in general, there is a higher risk for HIV+ persons to develop active TB, or to re-activate latent TB, as they progress in their HIV infection. In addition, similar to HIV, diabetes mellitus (DM) weakens the immune system so that persons with DM have also been shown to have a tendency to develop TB. This analysis will examine three areas of research: (a) to explore existing TB trends in Houston/Harris County and associated characteristics, (b) to ascertain the common risk factors of DM and HIV that are correlate with TB infections, and (c) from the analysis of the data, to determine if subsequent TB prevention programs are needed for specific subgroups.
Gomez, James, "Tuberculosis in persons with concomittant diseases in Houston, Texas, 2004 to 2008" (2011). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1497537.