Africa: A vicious cycle of infection is being fueled by malaria, causing the spread of AIDS. It works by boosting the HIV in people's bodies, and then in turn as the people are weakened by HIV, they become more susceptible to malaria.
The University of Washington researchers estimate that these overlapping infections can be blamed for thousands of HIV infections and nearly one million bouts of malaria over 20 years in one part of Kenya alone.
"Anti-malaria programs assume greater importance when you realize that you are impacting on two diseases," stated Dr Fauci of the National Institute of Health. Scientists have long suspected that the two diseases fuel each other.