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Tuberculosis and AIDS researchers fail to work together, article says

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:553
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    A rift between doctors in the HIV and tuberculosis communities is undermining the fight against both diseases, an article in Nature Medicine has claimed (2007;13:268-70, doi: 10.1038/nm0307-268).

    As HIV infection rates continue to rise and Africa witnesses the alarming spread of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB), the two research communities are failing to combine forces against what is effectively a dual epidemic in many parts of the developing world.

    Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death among people infected with HIV, and in some African countries about 60% of people with tuberculosis are also HIV positive.

    Despite this, the report in Nature Medicine …

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