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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 244-251

Survival model analysis of tuberculosis treatment among patients with human immunodeficiency virus coinfection


Department of Statistics, University of Fort Hare, Alice, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Correspondence Address:
Dr Adeboye Azeez
Department of Statistics, University of Fort Hare, P. Bag X1314, Alice, Eastern Cape
South Africa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmy.ijmy_101_19

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Background: Tuberculosis (TB) with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfection is the highest clinical epidemiology and public health issue. Despite many programs established to tackle the epidemic, TB target controls have not been reached. One of the many factors attributed to the failure in TB treatment is HIV coinfection. The aim of this study is to assess the survival rate of HIV infection among TB patients and the risk factors of death among the TB patients with HIV coinfection during the retro of directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS) program. Methods: This study is a retrospective cohort conducted to compare the survivorship between TB/HIV patients for 8 months DOTS. Death among TB patients was considered as failures and those defaulted or survived were censored. The Cox proportional-hazards regression and log-linear model were used to establish the hazard ratio (HR) of death for each variable at baseline and estimate the risk factors effect among TB patients. Results: The findings revealed that 50% of death from TB/HIV patients were from HIV coinfection (advanced HR = 2.01, 95% confidence interval = 1.13–3.17). The risk of death was significantly higher in HIV-positive TB patients (P = 0.000) during the extension care phase. TB/HIV-positive patients on antiretroviral therapy have decreased survival rate (log-rank test = 14.88, df = 2, P = 0.0001). The probability of TB patients surviving is significantly decreased in HIV positive with some factors such as age, weight, smoking, and alcohol found significant. Conclusion: The probability of survival in HIV-positive TB patients was significantly lower during the TB treatment. Weight loss, age, alcohol, smoking, and pregnancy were showed to affect the survival probability of TB/HIV patients' coinfection significantly.


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