Many people think of Tuberculosis (TB) as a disease from the past. However, with more than 10 million cases each year TB is far from defeated. Especially, now that this disease has returned in new forms, such as multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). In South Africa the number of people with MDR- and XDR-TB continues to increase. This is a major problem since the remaining treatment options for these highly resistant forms of TB are less effective, have more side effects, and are more expensive. With the current drugs available, the likelihood of success is much smaller than in patients with drug-sensitive TB. Besides the treatment challenges, people with TB are also affected by stigma, which contributes to delays in TB care and negatively impacts treatment adherence.
One of the people fighting against XDR-TB is Goodman. By sharing his story, Goodman wishes to unmask the stigma surrounding TB and to encourage other XDR-TB patients to continue the fight against this disease.