When and why

Chest X-ray is an extremely common procedure done to evaluate the lungs, heart, and chest wall. X-ray often help diagnose the cause of various symptoms, including persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or injury, and fever. It can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment.

For the procedure, the patient generally stands against the X-ray machine while images of the lungs and chest wall are being made. The procedure does not require any special preparation and is fast, painless, and non-invasive.

How it will help

The results of an X-ray can help diagnose or rule out the presence of various conditions including pneumonia, heart failure and other heart problems, emphysema, lung cancer, and other medical conditions.

If active tuberculosis is suspected, an X-ray can give an indication of the need for further testing and of the extent of any damage; however, an X-ray alone cannot be used to confirm the presence of TB.


Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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