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Link between malaria and AIDS

11th December 2006

01092006_Mosquito1.jpgResearchers studying the interaction of HIV/AIDS and Malaria have concluded that there is a link between infection rates of the two diseases, which could change public health policy in sub-Saharan Africa.

The two diseases are often found clustered together, and the weakening of the immune system in HIV-positive people is known to make them more susceptible to contracting malaria.

But researchers say that people who are infected with both are more likely to transmit HIV/AIDS to their sexual partners than those who are only HIV-positive.

The results, published in the journal Science, found that when someone already infected with HIV gets malaria, the amount of HIV virus in their bloodstream surges, making transmission to a partner more likely.

HIV, on the other hand, may already have accelerated the spread of malaria in areas of high prevalence.


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