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More needs to be done to tackle the “double cruelty” of HIV and TB in Africa, says government

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1937
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Failure to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in Africa is undermining inroads made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the continent, say MPs in a new report on global tuberculosis.

At a discussion on tackling tuberculosis and HIV in Africa held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB on 22 March, the UK development minister Stephen O’Brien said: “We need to make still greater progress against HIV and TB co-infection—and the double cruelty it can represent.”

The UK Coalition to Stop TB says that tuberculosis kills more people living with HIV than any other infection. People who are HIV positive are 20 to 40 times more likely to develop active tuberculosis than people not infected. And without proper treatment, nine …

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