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November 15, 2010

TB still killing 4,000 people with HIV each day, WHO reports

Aidsmap: "Tuberculosis is still killing more than 4,000 people with HIV every day worldwide, the World Health Organization reported this week. Despite progress over the past few years, more needs to be done to identify and treat HIV in TB patients, and to prevent TB in people with HIV.

"The new tuberculosis control data from the World Health Organization show that despite modest progress in 2009, the majority of people with HIV and TB worldwide are still not receiving antiretroviral therapy or isoniazid preventive therapy.

"Nevertheless the findings, released this week ahead of the 41st Union World Lung Health conference in Berlin, do show substantial improvement in rates of HIV testing among TB patients."