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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 294963, 7 pages
Research Article

Added Value of QuantiFERON TB-Gold in-Tube for Detecting Latent Tuberculosis Infection among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS

1University of Brasilia (UnB), Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro, 70910-900 Brasília, DF, Brazil
2SHA, Conjunto 5 chácara 47, Quadra D, Arniqueiras, 71995-297 Taguatinga, DF, Brazil
3Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB), Campus I, QS 07 Lote 01 EPCT, Águas Claras, 71966-700 Taguatinga, DF, Brazil
4Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Avenida Brigadeiro Trompowsky s/n°, Ilha do Fundão Prédio do Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho, 11° andar Bloco F, Sala 4, 21941-590 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
5Montreal Chest Institute, McGill University, 3650 St. Urbain Street, Montreal, QC, Canada H2X 2P4

Received 30 January 2014; Accepted 13 May 2014; Published 29 May 2014

Academic Editor: Christen Rune Stensvold

Copyright © 2014 Josiane Maria Oliveira Souza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To evaluate the added value of QuantiFERON TB-Gold in-Tube (QTF-GIT) over the tuberculin skin testing (TST) for detecting latent tuberculosis (TB) infection (LTBI) among patients with AIDS in a city with a low TB incidence rate (11.1/100,000 inhabitants) and universal BCG coverage. Methods. Three hundred consecutive patients with AIDS in eight outpatient sexually transmitted disease public clinics in Brasilia were submitted to QFT-IT and TST between May 2011 and March 2013. A positive result of either test was considered to be LTBI. Results. Median CD4-cell count was 477.5 cells/mm3; 295 (98.3%) were using antiretroviral therapy. Eighteen patients (6%, 95% CI: 3.6%–9.3%) had LTBI, of whom 4 (1.3%, 95% CI: 0.04%–2.63%) had only a positive TST, 8 (2.7%, 95% CI: 0.8%–4.5%) had only a QFT-GIT positive test, and 6 (2%, 95% CI: 0.4%–3.6%) had positive results for both tests. This represents an 81.8% relative increase in LTBI detection when QFT-GIT is added to TST. The concordance between both tests was 96% (). Conclusions. The QFT-GIT alone was more effective to detect LTBI than TST alone and had an 81% added value as an add-on sequential test in this population with mild immunosuppression. The cost-effectiveness of these strategies remains to be evaluated.