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'Recreational' substances used among men having sex with men, and their association with risky unprotected anal intercourse (RUAI) were examined--for the first time in Israel--in an internet-based questionnaire assessing knowledge, practices and motivation. Between March and May 2005, 2873 participants completed the entire questionnaire. Of the total, 669(More)
BACKGROUND Tuberculosis (TB) in migrants is an ongoing challenge in several low TB incidence countries since a large proportion of TB in these countries occurs in migrants from high incidence countries. To meet these challenges, several countries utilize TB screening programs. The programs attempt to identify and treat those with active and/or infectious(More)
Contact investigation to identify individuals with tuberculosis and latent infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an important component of tuberculosis control in low tuberculosis incidence countries. This document provides evidence-based and best-practice policy recommendations for contact tracing among high- and medium-priority contacts in a(More)
This paper describes an action framework for countries with low tuberculosis (TB) incidence (<100 TB cases per million population) that are striving for TB elimination. The framework sets out priority interventions required for these countries to progress first towards "pre-elimination" (<10 cases per million) and eventually the elimination of TB as a(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare drug-resistant variants from untreated (naive) and treated patients infected with clade B or C virus. METHODS Consecutive samples (165) from patients throughout Israel were analyzed. All those in the treated group were failing highly active antiretroviral therapy. RESULTS There were 87 clade B (14 naive) and 78 clade C (20 naive)(More)
We describe how Israel effected new tuberculosis programs and policies beginning in the early 1990s. We explain how the epidemiology of the disease, particular events, and a small number of people influenced the creation of new policy. We believe that this story may be useful to other program managers and policymakers interested in changing course.
SETTING Israel has implemented a new tuberculosis (TB) control programme in response to the rise in the incidence of tuberculosis due to immigration in the last decade. It complies with World Health Organization guidelines, and also includes specific measures addressing the needs of immigrants. We describe the new programme and compare the outcome of(More)
  • M Ravins, H Bercovier, D Chemtob, Y Fishman, G Rahav
  • 2001
Restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis with IS6110 and DR-r probes was used to study 69 Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates obtained from Israeli patients and new immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia. DNA fingerprinting identified unique patterns for almost all isolates, indicating that most patients were infected with a unique(More)
BACKGROUND Sensing an inadequacy of tuberculosis control due to an influx of TB associated with immigration, we analyzed TB treatment outcome in Israel by population groups. OBJECTIVES To provide an epidemiological basis necessary for any new national TB control policy, and to bring it to the attention of the medical profession in Israel and abroad since(More)
SETTING Israel receives migrants from various countries, some of which have high tuberculosis (TB) prevalence. OBJECTIVE To assess the predominant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Israel isolated during 2008-2010 among Israeli-born and migrant patients, and to investigate possible transmission of TB from migrants to the local population. METHODS(More)