Malaria and HIV/AIDS
Malaria and HIV are two of the most devastating global health problems of our time.
- Together they cause more than 4 million deaths a year.
- Both are diseases of poverty, and both are causes of poverty.
- Both are largely concentrated in the same geographical regions.
The resulting co-infection and interaction between the two diseases have major public health implications:
- HIV-infected people must be considered particularly vulnerable to malaria.
- Antenatal care needs to address both diseases and their interactions.
Where both diseases occur, more attention must be given to specific diagnosis for febrile patients.