HIV and tuberculosis collide

November 30, 2007 by PATH

Op-ed by PATH president and senior staff member highlights dual epidemic
Cover of January 2008 Directions issue.

The January 2008 issue of Directions in Global health features our tuberculosis work. Image: PATH.

Two of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, have collided, and the result is more lethal than either disease alone. Tuberculosis (TB) is the single greatest killer of people with HIV, causing more than 50 percent of AIDS deaths in some countries.

In an op-ed in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer, PATH president Christopher J. Elias, MD, MPH, and M. D’Arcy Richardson, PHN, CNS, MSN, technical director of PATH’s tuberculosis program, describe the dual epidemic and the steps that the world community must take to confront it. The article draws on recently released findings by the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research and by the TB/HIV Working Group of the Stop TB Partnership, of which PATH is a partner.

The op-ed is timed to commemorate World AIDS Day, December 1. Read it on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website. The full report on HIV-tuberculosis co-infection can be found on the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research website.

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Posted November 30, 2007.