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To See an End to AIDS, International Community Must Put an End to TB

July 26, 2012

In this Politico opinion piece, Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa, and Gerry Elsdon, a South African businesswoman and television host -- both tuberculosis (TB) survivors -- write that one priority at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C., this week "should be spearheading a joint global effort against HIV and tuberculosis." They write, "The rationale for a joint effort is clear," adding, "Where HIV and TB are most common, the epidemics have merged, or are in the process of merging, into a single co-epidemic," and "[t]hose whose immune systems are weakened by HIV are at extreme risk of dying from TB." They conclude, "Thanks to a series of recent scientific breakthroughs, this week's conference is the first in 30 years that has activists seriously contemplating the end of AIDS. Yet to see a real end to AIDS, we must put an end to TB. So let's combine our efforts to reach these two goals" (7/24).

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