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Men at risk of reporting late to care facilities for TB diagnosis

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Men like these are being encouraged to report to hospital quickly when they have TB symptomsHIV Self-testing gets positive response in BlantyreStudy findings have revealed that men could be reporting to care facilities late resulting in delayed Tuberculosis diagnosis, thereby contributing to on-going transmission of the disease in community. The study which was conducted in 2011 by Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust and Malawi College of Medicine researchers in Blantyre, in conjunction with the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa, attributes men’s behaviour to several factors including their expectations and roles to provide for the family

.According to Jeremiah Chikovore, Principle Investigator of the study, men don’t want to be seen lying down as a result of an illness, nor can they afford to spend long hours seeking care when they would rather be working to support their families.