Around one in five TB patients of US are reported to be substance abused, which makes it hard for treating them. These people are also found to be more contagious than those TB patients who are not substance abused.

According to a study from a group of medical practitioners, male Tuberculosis patients who are substance abused are 1.8 times more likely to be contagious than other TB patients. The number is more in case of female patients. It is found that female tuberculosis patients with substance abuse are 2.4 times more likely to be contagious than other female TB patients.

Though it appears that there is no direct relation between substance abuse and tuberculosis; the reason for this is explained as – people who are substance abused are less likely to be diagnosed in time for their disease. This delay in diagnoses matures the disease and thus become more contagious.

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