It is important to treat TB in pregnancy. HIV/TB coinfection increases the risk of vertical transmission of both infections. TB can also increase the risk of the less common in utero transmission of HIV.
Like HIV, TB is a much greater risk to a pregnant woman and her baby than its treatment or prophylaxis.
Most first-line TB drugs are safe to take in pregnancy.
The TB drug streptomycin is not recommended in pregnancy. It is now only rarely used in the treatment of TB in the UK.
Last updated: 1 December 2015.