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The World in Medicine
August 13, 2003

Genes and Stress

JAMA. 2003;290(6):740. doi:10.1001/jama.290.6.740-a

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for free anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs to be made available for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). An estimated one third of the 42 million individuals living with HIV and AIDS worldwide are coinfected with TB.

About 90% of people with HIV die within a few months of becoming ill with TB if they do not received appropriate anti-TB drugs. When taken properly, the drugs are more than 95% effective in curing TB and cost of as little as $10 per patient for a 6-month course of treatment. But far too many people lack access to a full course of TB therapy, WHO experts said.