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Living with TB and HIV

Written by Fathima Simjee

South Africa has one of the highest TB rates in the world but a cure rate of only 54%. TB is often the first sign of HIV infection and is the leading cause of death in people living with HIV/AIDS. Health-e follows the story of Clive Maimela, and HIV positive man who had to struggle with TB.

Clive Mamela

Clive Mamela

Clive Maimela discovered in 2008 that he was both HIV/positive and had TB. He has since completed his TB treatment, however as he is HIV positive he is more susceptible to contracting TB again.

Clive explains the small precautions he takes in his daily life to protect himself from being infected again, the importance of a strong support system and expresses his belief that unless we are respectful of the health and wellbeing of those around us, TB will continue to spread unchecked.

 

About the author

Fathima Simjee

Fathima Simjee is a television journalist with Health-e News. You can follow her on Twitter @FatzSimjee