The HIV/AIDS link

I am surprised to learn just how prevalent the link between MDR-TB and HIV/AIDS is. This shouldn’t come as such a surprise. It’s clear that an immunocomprimised individual would foster illnesses and not be able to supplement the antibiotics that were used to fight said illness. Nonetheless, the pattern of the disease looks like reports on HIV/AIDS a decade ago. Sub-Saharan Africa, Russia, New York, Los Angeles, Haiti—these are all places that AIDS festers in. The underlying problem is that the same things that make treating HIV so difficult are repeated again in TB. It not only follows in HIV’s footsteps, it has the same footprint.

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