January 2013, Volume 63, Issue 1

Editorial

The Growing Threat of HIV, TB and TB-HIV Co Infection in Pakistan

Arshad Altaf  , Sharaf Ali Shah  , Sten Vermund

The estimated population of Pakistan is around 176 million people. The countryis placed at a strategic hinge and shares its borders with South Asia, Central Asia, China and Middle East. As a result of the global economic turmoil and internal governance issues, the economyis in tatters which has also affected the health sector including three key communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB and TB-HIV co infection.
While the country has low prevalence for HIV among the general population, the presence of HIV among high risk group persons has been documented since early 2005 and consecutive surveillance rounds have establish

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