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Ending TB Deaths Is Vital To Defeating AIDS

“[L]et’s not forget that if the dream of making this the generation that defeats AIDS is to become reality, we must also tackle the leading killer of people with HIV — tuberculosis (TB),” Cheri Vincent, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the USAID Global Health Bureau, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog.” She continues, “Bold steps of commitment by the global community will indeed strengthen our fight against TB and will give countries the tools, particularly life-saving commodities, to reduce the spread of TB, cure people suffering with TB, and prevent the further development of [multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB)]. We need new drugs and tools that are safe and effective for people with TB, MDR-TB, and those co-infected with TB and HIV.” Vincent concludes, “By the global community banding together with resources and endorsements to meet the challenge, the goal of ending TB deaths in our lifetime is within our reach” (12/3).