March 2012 Report – from Margaret Harbinson, Eastern Synod Resource Person, HIV/AIDS
At a forum in Geneva, Jon Pender stated that although half of the people needing treatment for HIV were receiving it, perhaps those are the “easy half”, and that the hard work is yet to be done in reaching all communities.
TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV worldwide, 1 in 4 TB deaths is HIV related.
People living with HIV are about 21-34 times more likely to develop TB than people free of HIV infection.
In 2010 350,000 people died of HIV associated TB, 82% came from sub-Saharan Africa.
Without treatment, the vast majority of people living with HIV who are sick with TB, will die within a few months.
TB attracts its own stigma and discriminatory attitudes, compounding those associated with HIV.
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May 19-20 G8 Summit – Camp David USA
July 22-27 19th International AIDS Conference Washington DC
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Date: April 2, 2012