Home > Medical > Tuberculosis > HIV, AIDS and TB HIV, AIDS and TB All sections in Tuberculosis » About Tuberculosis » Different political stances » Drug Resistance » FAQs » Health Tips » HIV/Aids and TB » Living with TB » New Developments » TB News » Quarantine » Real-life Story » Symptoms » TB and other organs » TB in South Africa » Testing » Transmission » Treatment » Who is at risk? Better to have HIV than TB: SA doc A leading South African doctor says if he had to choose between having HIV and TB, he’d choose HIV. Tuberculosis and HIV Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection of the lungs, which is caused by the microorganism Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath, pleurisy (inflamed membranes around the lungs), fever, weight loss, night sweats, chills and loss of appetite. The disease can cause serious respiratory problems, which can be life threatening, especially if left untreated. TB therapy halves deaths in Aids patients Preventative tuberculosis therapy can reduce death among patients on antiretroviral treatment by about half, according to new research from South Africa. Assess Your risk for COPD » Join HIV Talk » Ask CyberDoc » Assess Do you have asthma? » African health in focus World's Most Famous TB Patients Africa's deadly combo: HIV-TB The largely unnoticed collision of two global epidemics - HIV and tuberculosis (TB) - has exploded to create a deadly co-epidemic that is rapidly spreading in sub-Saharan Africa. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.