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CASTIBLANCO, CÉSAR AUGUSTO  and  RIBON, WELLMAN. Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS co-infected patients: Analysis from Colombian information sources. Infect. [online]. 2006, vol.10, n.4, pp.232-242. ISSN 0123-9392.

Introduction. Today, the worldwide information about the infection of the virus of the human immunodeficiency (VIH) seems to be increasing in two dimensions: one is the number of infected people in the world and the other is the amount of publications which are generated in all fields of knowledge about the infection. Although, the situation of the coinfection of tuberculosis (TB) and VIH is unknown due to the difficulty of getting information about it or simply, because there is not information at all. Methods and materials. An analysis of the situation of coinfection TB/VIH was made in the Colombian national health information systems during the last years. Results. It was evident that during the year 2005 only 11 of the 36 territorial organizations reported cases of coinfection TB/VIH. Before the merge of information into one system, the territorial organizations made different analyses from that information. Due to this, it was not possible to compare the coinfection TB/VIH at a nationwide level. Data available were analyzed according to the sources of information. Discussion. We expect that the unification of the information systems can provide the data that allow to make a situation analysis at a national level.

Keywords : tuberculosis; HIV seroprevalence; HIV infections.

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