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AIDS: Diseases don’t respect national boundaries

Letter by Donna M. Schindler Munro, Bremerton on Nov. 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm | No Comments »
November 25, 2013 3:23 pm

Global leaders will soon meet to pledge support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

An extremely drug-resistant form of TB, XDR-TB, has emerged. It has now been identified in at least 77 countries, including the U.S. Anybody can potentially become infected with this airborne disease simply by being in close proximity to the afflicted person. The Department of Homeland Security has called XDR-TB an “emerging threat to the homeland.”

Science has discovered that getting treatment to an HIV-infected person early enough can reduce the risk of infecting others by 96 percent. Science magazine named the AIDS treatment-as-prevention strategy as its 2011 “Breakthrough of the Year.”

People need to know that less than 1 percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid, of which global health is a tiny part. We need to support the Global Fund. Diseases do not respect national boundaries.

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