Behaviors in response to the tuberculin skin test conversion in medical students from a university in Lima, Peru

Authors

  • Lesly Calixto-Aguilar Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú
  • Martiel Manrique-Zegarra Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.
  • Eduardo Gotuzzo-Herencia Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.
  • Frine Samalvides-Cuba Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú. Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Perú.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2016.332.2216

Keywords:

Latent Tuberculosis, prophylaxis, behavior, Medical Students

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the behaviors in response to tuberculin skin test (PPD) conversion and the reasons for starting or not starting treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (TILT) among medical students at a university in Lima, Peru. A total of 548 participants completed a questionnaire; of them, 6.7% tested positive on university admission and 11.1% were recent converters. A total of 55.7% did not start TILT and had no explanation. Of the recent converters, most students who did start TILT were >22 years old (p = 0.01) and correctly answered general knowledge questions (p = 0.04). It is important to note that the PPD conversion rate was higher than that reported in the literature and that most students did not follow the treatment prophylaxis because of a lack of information.

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Published

2016-06-03

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Brief Report

How to Cite

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Calixto-Aguilar L, Manrique-Zegarra M, Gotuzzo-Herencia E, Samalvides-Cuba F. Behaviors in response to the tuberculin skin test conversion in medical students from a university in Lima, Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2016 Jun. 3 [cited 2024 Jun. 15];33(2):283-7. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/2216

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