What We’re Reading

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The December issue of Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) has a supplement on HIV/AIDS among drug using populations. Articles include analyses of the link between drug use and HIV epidemics and antiretroviral therapy treatment and prevention in drug users. There is also one article that looks at tuberculosis and hepatitis C co-infection with HIV/AIDS, examining how these deadly combinations affect drug users worldwide.

On the ONE blog, Julie Walz from the Center for Global Development writes about their annual “Commitment to Development Index,” which ranks countries on their commitment to aid and development. The United States is No. 11. Sweden is No. 1, and South Korea comes in last.

A post on the Los Angeles Times’ Booster Shots Blog explains that HIV/AIDS deaths in South Africa are much higher than recorded rates. The Treatment Action Campaign – an advocacy group – argues that the number of deaths from AIDS is masked “because AIDS or HIV are not recorded on death certificates.” Among people with AIDS, TB is the most common cause of death.

The New Yorker has an article about the dangers of tuberculosis in India and around the developing world. It poses a challenging question: Is it possible to save the millions who die from TB? Ultimately, the author ends with a telling quote from Camillar Rodrigues of Mumbai’s Hinduja Hospital: “At this point, it is just a matter of will.”

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