A dangerous tandem: HIV and TB. An airing on Apostrophe TV
The 5-th episode of the Apostrophe Health had been on air on the eve of the World AIDS Day. The episode topic was “A Dangerous Tandem: HIV and TB”.
The program discussed the following aspects with Olena Pavlenko, PATH Medical Programs Coordinator, and Yevheniia Kuvshynova, Executive Director of AUCO “Convictus-Ukraine”:
- statistics on HIV / TB co-infection in Ukraine;
- the importance of HIV screening for people living with HIV during each visit to the doctor;
- availability of HIV testing now;
- the role of non-governmental organizations in identifying, treating and supporting people living with HIV from vulnerable groups, etc.
The program emphasized the availability of HIV and TB testing services. And program host Anton Sereda had a real-time HIV test to show that it needed to be done.
They also touched on the barriers that people face: stigma, unavailability of services due to Covid-19, psychological difficulties. There was also a traditional section involving a psychologist, where psychologist Tetyana Dugelna told how to overcome difficulties for people who face HIV/TB co-infection.
If you have questions about the diagnosis or treatment of tuberculosis, call the hotline number 0-800-50-30-80.
The program is prepared by the Stop TB Partnership Ukraine, Convictus Ukraine being its Secretariat.
The program was created with the generous support of the American people, provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through funding for the project “Supporting efforts to combat tuberculosis in Ukraine.” The program is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.