This TB is whipping me.
December 2, 2004 7:03 AM Subscribe
With a newly indurated PPD in my arm,
I went looking for tuberculosis resources. According to the WHO over 2 million people a year die of tuberculosis.
About a third of the 40 mil. people infected with HIV worldwide are also infected with TB. Successful treatment takes 6-9 months of powerful antibiotics
, but that's assuming the bacteria in your body aren't drug resistant.
Epidemics of drug resistant TB are raging in some parts of Central America and in the Russian prison system. Paul Farmer
is the man for treating it, and quite a good man
On the plus side, possibly having TB puts me in good company: Orwell
, and the 70s favorite mummy, King Tut
all had it. Every one of the Brontes
did too, and they were all geniuses. Of course they all died of it. On a more sober note, if I do have to get treatment, but I refuse, I might be ordered
to take medications by a judge