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Tuberculosis

26 March 2008

TB-HIV link in the spotlight

A UN meeting is planned which will examine the worrisome links between tuberculosis and HIV and how best to help millions of people who have both diseases.

A UN meeting in June will examine the worrisome links between tuberculosis and HIV and how best to help millions of people who have both diseases, the UN's special envoy on TB announced.

HIV making TB fight harder
Between 12 million and 15 million people are infected with both HIV and TB, or about one-third of all people living with HIV, Sampaio said. TB is among the leading killers of people with HIV, according to the World Health Organisation.

Of 9.2 million new TB cases in 2006, 700 000 people also had HIV infections, according to a report from the Geneva-based WHO released this month.


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