Q and A

Question

Why have i been given Isoniazid?

I have just been diagnosed and have started ARVs. My doctor has also given me something called Isoniazid. What is it for?

Answer

Hi,

I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It is good that you have started treatment though. Many people with HIV now live long and ┬ácomparatively healthy lives thanks to HIV treatment. Some can expect to live as long as people who do not have HIV. This is thanks to treatment.

Isoniziad is sometimes given to people with HIV as a prophylaxis for tuberculosis. A prophylaxis is a medication you take to prevent, rather than treat and illness or infection. So you are taking Isoniziad to prevent getting TB.

You can find information about being newly diagnosed on our website.

And information about starting treatment in our guide.

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