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 World TB Day: TB meds, a bitter pill for children and parents to swallow With one of the world’s highest rates of tuberculosis infection, South Africa’s approach to fighting paediatric TB needs to be multi-pronged. World TB Day: One man’s long – but victorious – battle against TB At 13, most boys dream of becoming football stars, musicians or famous actors, but in 1989 Thabo Pelesane discovered that he had pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) while he was still at Itirele Primary School in Jouberton near Klerksdorp. WATCH | Why preventing TB could be as easy as 1, 2, 3HP In April, South Africa is expected to roll out a new and easier way to prevent the leading cause of natural death in the country to four districts. Find out what you need to know. OPINION | Our genes can make us more susceptible to TB Sadly, as we mark another World Tuberculosis Day (24 March), TB still remains a global public health problem with an estimated 25% of the global population infected with Mtb. 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?