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Provision and awareness for isoniazid preventive therapy among PLHIV in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Amenu Wesen1 and Getnet Mitike2*

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1 Consultant at World Health Organization, South Sudan, Africa

2 School of Public Health, Medical Faculty, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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BMC International Health and Human Rights 2012, 12:2  doi:10.1186/1472-698X-12-2

Published: 27 March 2012



The risk of acquiring tuberculosis by People living with HIV (PLHIV) could significantly be reduced through provision of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT). In Ethiopia, it is neither practiced well nor researched in depth. Our objective was to assess IPT provision and awareness among PLHIV in Addis Ababa City Administration.


Between February 2008 and May 2008, a cross sectional facility-based survey was conducted by exit interview of 406 PLHIV from six health facilities. The findings were analyzed and described in this report.


The proportion of PLHIV ever had been provided with IPT were 74 of 231 TB free PLHIV (32.0%) and the proportion of having information about IPT among study participants was 29.8%. Females were about two times more informed about the provision of IPT in their health facilities than males [AOR (95%CI): 2.18 (1.31-3.61)].


We conclude that the practice of provision of IPT for PLHIV is high, but there is room for improvement. Provision of INH for TB free PLHIV has to be strengthened with better diagnostic facilities to certainly rule out active TB cases.