Home > Medical > Tuberculosis Common contraceptive could raise TB risk, study finds Researchers from the University of Cape Town have found that the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera could potentially increase women's risk of contracting TB. The importance of TB treatment during pregnancy Untreated tuberculosis during pregnancy poses a significant threat to both mother and child. Major shot in the arm in fight to thwart TB Tuberculosis drug, 3HP, will improve the adherence of patients because it is taken for a shorter period, with one dose a week. It also has fewer side effects than the current treatment. Latest in Tuberculosis New deal slashes price tag of drug to prevent TB by almost 70% ahead of SA rollout The health department says new shorter treatment to prevent killer disease will be available from next year. TB history made in South Africa, but concerns over how long patients will wait for breakthrough treatment The world is one step closer to ending the deadliest form of the deadliest infectious disease known to man – extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis. South African researchers develop quicker way to detect drug resistance Local man develops resistance to new TB medicine despite good adherence. Calls for government to allow generics of lifesaving drugs Activists want multinational pharmaceutical company to lower over-inflated price of groundbreaking TB drug. load more Your Tuberculosis Guide Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic infectious disease that usually affects the lungs. TB is mainly spread when someone with TB coughs or sneezes, and someone else breaths in the air-borne bacteria. A person can be infected with the TB organism for years without getting sick or spreading it on to others, but when their immune system weakens for some reason, TB infection can develop into active disease. Symptoms of TB include a persistent cough, weight loss, appetite loss and constant fatigue. TB can be cured, but requires rigorous unbroken treatment that lasts for six months – failure to complete the treatment regimen can result in the emergence of drug-resistant strains of TB. As TB is a common opportunistic infection ailing people with HIV, South Africa has a particularly high burden of TB due to its high prevalence of HIV. Learn more about TB types, causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention here. What is extensively drug resistant TB (XDR-TB)? What is multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)? Risk factors for developing tuberculosis (TB) How TB progresses How can tuberculosis be prevented? Treating tuberculosis Diagnosing tuberculosis Symptoms of tuberculosis What causes tuberculosis? What is tuberculosis?