A study published online last week (1/16/17) on Sexually Transmitted Infections (sti.bmj.com/content/early/2016/11/30/sextrans-2016-052870) raised the possibility that therapeutic and preventative HIV antiretrovirals may inadvertently increase the incidence of syphilis. With increasing use of PrEP across the nation, we are going to see how true this is.
Yes, TB is old. That does not mean it is not relevant anymore. A common misconception is that it is rare nowadays. Nothing can be further from the truth. Beginning 2014 continuing to 2015 (2016 data not yet available), TB has surpassed HIV as the number one infectious disease killer in the world. That is just sad given that TB is both preventable and curable. Having someone in this modern age die of a disease that claimed the lives of Nefertiti and her pharaoh husband Akhenaten is somewhat embarrassing for the human race. Let’s think TB to stop TB.