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AIDS: Diseases don’t respect national boundaries

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

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AIDS: We’re making inroads against AIDS, TB

The article regarding that Mississippi baby born with HIV but subsequently appearing cured is certainly exciting news (TNT, 3-5). Prevention, of course, is a tool we already have.

The most cost-effective HIV preventions are mother-to-child transmission intervention and male circumcision. Globally, one in every seven HIV infections occur when a mother passes the virus on to her child.

We know that early AIDS treatment reduces the occurrence of tuberculosis infection by 84 percent. This is critical, since TB is the biggest killer of people with HIV.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has accomplished amazing inroads

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AID: US assistance abroad pays off for us here

With the U.S. government scrambling to pay its bills, we desperately need to make responsible decisions. Many people actually believe that our foreign aid is 20 percent or more of our federal budget. In fact it is actually less than .5 percent. Less than one half of one percent of our federal budget goes to international development assistance! In 1965 it was 2.75 percent.

Microfinance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and the Global Partnership for Education have empowered millions of women and their families to work their way out of extreme poverty through tiny loans, enabled

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TB: World must do more to prevent and treat tuberculosis

After months of suffering fevers and night sweats, Anna Watterson was taken into the hospital coughing up blood and found out she had MDR-TB: multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis. She now faced months in an isolation ward on a regimen of injected drugs that left her nauseous, bruised and unable to go out in the sun.

Anna does not live in crowded squalor in some poor country; she was a well-off trainee lawyer living in London, England.

There are an estimated 200 yearly cases of MDR-TB in the U.S., Anna’s case being one example, with the documented cost of treating each case

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AID: Global Fund threatened on its 10th birthday

A young boy hands a bundle to a woman in the streets of Nairobi. Amazingly, it contains his baby sister. Both of his parents have died of AIDS. He is afraid his sister will die because he is also not feeling well.

I heard this story as a part of a conference call with Jeffrey Sachs, one of the founders of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The story illustrates the desperate need for health care in Africa, which the Global Fund has been striving to provide for the last 10 years.

The Global Fund has seen

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GLOBAL FUND: Nations, individuals can have impact

With the approaching Pierce County AIDS Walk Saturday, I appreciate the organizations that work for our neighbors living with HIV-AIDS. I appreciate also the work of organizations in poor countries, in which 4.9 million lives were saved by grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

For pennies a day per person, continued funding of these proven programs means whole communities are saved. Survivors can provide for their families; in turn, promoting stable, productive societies. Without effective, accountable programs, diseases like HIV-AIDS and TB continue to threaten us here in the U.S. As of 2008, XDR-TB has

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