BACK OBLIQUE VIEW
Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is caused by strains of MDR-TB that are also resistant to second-line drugs, including at least one from the class of fluroquinolones, and at least one of three injectable second-line drugs.Find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis >Why a blogging project for TB patients?
TB & Me was launched because multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is a neglected disease. Very little money has been invested in research and development of diagnostics or new, improved treatment.People who have the disease have no choice but to take medicines that can have severe side-effects.TB & Me gives patients with MDR-TB the opportunity to tell the world about the problems that affect their lives, how treatment and services could be improved and what it feels like to have the disease. It is also an opportunity to reach out to others who have the disease.Who are the TB & Me bloggers?
TB & Me bloggers come from all over the world. They participate voluntarily in the project. If at some point a patient chooses to stop blogging, MSF accepts this unconditionally. For patients treated in MSF projects, we always make it clear to patients that the decision to blog or not will in no way affect the care they receive.
Yes. Some people choose to use their full names, some their first name only, and others prefer to be anonymous. We will always respect your decision of how much information to reveal about yourself on the blog. Before we publish anything, we will ask you to fill out a consent form where you can tell us what it’s ok to publish on the site.
MSF staff check spelling and grammar, but we never change what bloggers say. The only exception to this would be if information in a patient’s web compromises the safety of MSF patients and / or staff. This is rare and usually only the case for patients in MSF projects. In this case, the draft is discussed with the patient to find a solution.