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Despite the existence of effective drugs, each year approximately eight million people get active TB. More than 1.5 million of those cases are in sub-Saharan Africa. This number is increasing dramatically.
HIV Accelerates the Spread of TB. Tuberculosis and HIV have a deadly relationship — each drives the progress of the other.
Increasing resistance of the disease to commonly used antibiotics and delays in recognizing the appearance and transmission of deadly, drug-resistant TB strains that defy traditional treatments.
Premature cuts in TB funding and the subsequent deterioration of TB prevention and control programs impaired the ability of these programs to respond
It has become increasingly clear that elimination will require better tests and treatments, plus an improved vaccine. But until world conditions of poverty and HIV spread are addressed, this treatable disease will continue to run rampant.