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Project Detail of TB-HIV Intensified Program

South 24 PG Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (SNP+) is implementing this program in collaboration with Health and Family Welfare Samity of District. Major thrust is to facilitate the formation of Block Level Networks in South 24 Parganas and to work with the associated PLHIV & TB in order to identify tuberculosis patients and provide DOTS services.HIV counseling and testing is now widely available under the National AIDS Control Programme. For persons who are HIV-infected, care and treatment services are also widely available, and access to treatment for HIV infection is rapidly expanding. Surveillance has shown that where HIV seroprevalence is high, HIV infection among TB patients is common. Because of this association, it is important that patients with tuberculosis have the opportunity to know their HIV status. This will allow appropriate prevention, care, and treatment for patients and their families
The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) and National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) have developed a policy of TB/HIV collaborative interventions, for implementation across the country. These include the establishment of coordination mechanisms at all levels, HIV testing of TB patients, linkage of HIV - infected TB patients to HIV care and treatment, early detection of TB in HIV - infected patients through Intensified TB Case Finding, involvement of NGOs in TB/HIV activities, and implementation of airborne infection control measures in HIV care settings. An Intensified TB/HIV Package of Services has been established to provide additional services. These services include: Routine offer of HIV test to all TB patients, decentralized cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for HIV - infected TB patients, Referral of HIV - infected TB patients to ART Centre for evaluation and initiation of ART, and expanded recording and reporting on TB - HIV. This Intensified TB/HIV Package of services is being expanded in a phased manner nationwide