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IT’S AN ALARMING REVELATION – RECENT INTERNATIONAL STUDY REVEALS MALARIA FUELS THE SPREAD OF AIDS

Malaria is fueling the spread of AIDS by boosting the HIV in people’s bodies for weeks at a time, says a study that pins down the deadly interplay between the dual scourges. Calling it a vicious cycle but a recent study proves that people weakened by HIV are more vulnerable to malaria and those suffering from malaria, have higher chances of acquiring AIDS. The University of Washington researchers conducted the study in Africa and said that the interaction is the only reason to explicate the thousands of HIV infections and almost a million cases of malaria over two decades in just one part of Kenya. Hence, there should be alertness in all countries to run campaigns that attack both these epidemics. Experts in India say that while much is being done by HIV AIDS, there is still that authorities, particularly local governing bodies have to do for malaria. Malaria sickens up to half a billion people annually and kills more than a million. Scientists long have suspected the two diseases fuel each other. The new study created a mathematical model to figure out just how much they do. HIV is most easily spread when patients have high virus levels in their blood and during malaria, there is a stunning seven fold increase in those levels. Not just this, this surge can stay in malaria patients for up to eight weeks. Navi Mumbai has been declared malaria zone in a recent survey conducted by the World Health Organization. Lack of awareness and poor medical services has led to massive malarial deaths in the city. Moreover, massive construction activities have led to spread of this disease in various nodes. Residents should now take more precautions and care to curb the spread of this disease.

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