Tuberculosis, HIV disease, and directly observed therapy

Philip W. Brickner, John M. McAdam

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Directly observed therapy (DOT) to enable completion of antituberculous therapy works. DOT is largely responsible for the recent improvement in tuberculosis case rates in New York City. Despite this favorable trend, the factors of significant HIV disease rates and of multidrug resistant forms of tuberculosis bacteria in the population are of grave concern. Therefore, in addition to DOT other means of preventing tuberculosis spread should be encouraged. These include directly observed preventive therapy (DOPT) programs, use of masks, improved ventilation in crowded settings such as homeless shelters, and ultraviolet light germicidal irradiation of upper room air in such locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-54
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Directly observed therapy
  • HIV disease
  • Tuberculosis


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