TB Notes Newsletter
No. 1, 2014
COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND BEHAVIORAL STUDIES BRANCH UPDATES
The 12-Dose Regimen for Latent TB Infection Patient Education Brochure Is Now Available in Spanish
The Division is pleased to report that the 12-Dose Regimen for Latent TB Infection patient education brochure has been translated into Spanish and is available for download from the CDC website.
This brochure was developed for clinicians to use with patients while discussing the 12-dose regimen for the treatment of latent TB infection. The brochure contains information on latent TB infection, the 12-dose regimen, treatment schedules, and adverse events. Space is provided to write in treatment schedules and clinic/office contact information.
It is currently available for download in two paper sizes. It may be printed on two sheets of letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches), or one sheet of ledger-sized paper (11 x 17 inches) that can be folded in half to create a 4-page brochure.
To access the brochure on the CDC DTBE website, please go to TB Publications and Products: Pamphlet, Brochures, Booklets, and click on "The 12-Dose Regimen for Latent TB Infection-Patient Education Brochure." This link will connect to a page dedicated to this brochure, with information provided in English. You can access the brochure webpage directly at http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/pamphlets/12-doseregimen.htm.
Under the title of the page, the link to the Spanish version is on the left side. (Click your mouse on the word “Español.”) You can access the Spanish version of the webpage directly at http://www.cdc.gov/tb/esp/publications/factsheets/folleto.htm.
—Submitted by Joan Mangan, PhD, MST
Div of TB Elimination
New TB Personal Stories Videos
Patients' stories detailing their experiences with TB disease and latent TB infection are now available on CDC's TB website as part of the TB Personal Stories project, which began in 2013. The TB Personal Stories project supports the goal of raising awareness about TB in the United States. Specific objectives include communicating the following key points:
- TB still exists, and it poses serious health consequences if not controlled;
- Real people still get TB every day and have been helped with treatment; and
- Most importantly, public health provides the critical support that TB patients need in order to be diagnosed and cured of TB.
Four videos are available. The longest video, TB Personal Stories, is a compilation that includes commentary from Dr. Kenneth Castro, former Director of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, as well as interviews with three TB patients.
Another video available is from a former patient named Santos. Santos first heard about TB when his infant son became ill and was diagnosed with TB meningitis. Santos then learned that he himself had latent TB infection. He started treatment for latent TB infection, but didn't finish it. Years later, he came down with TB disease. Santos now serves as a peer counselor at his county health department for other people who have latent TB infection. Learn more about his story here.
Deo's story, which relates his reactions to being diagnosed with latent TB infection, is also available on video. Deo was born in Bhutan and worked as a medical professional before moving to the United States. A health screening when he arrived in the country revealed he had latent TB infection. Learn more about his story here.
Tri's experience with TB disease is detailed in his video. Tri found out he had TB shortly after beginning college. After 9 months of treatment for TB disease, Tri is back doing what he loves—playing basketball. Learn more about his story here.
We are hoping to add additional stories from TB patients, so if you know of a former or current TB patient who you think would be a good fit for this project, please ask him or her to contact Nicole Richardson-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Lanner at email@example.com. The ideal candidate would be an adult (18 or over) patient who
- Was successfully detected, treated, and cured of TB;
- Would be willing to appear in a print or video story that could be seen by many people; and
- Would be a good candidate for videotaping—articulate and with a compelling story to tell.
—Reported by Nicole Richardson-Smith, MA
and Ann Lanner
Div of TB Elimination