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We didn’t think a disease could appear and decimate healthy young men, but it did: HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and early 1990s. And look how far we’ve come. But it took coordinated, supported research and team work.

Willie Dickerson's recent letter (“Fight Against AIDS Will Require Money”) points to an important agency in combating global infectious threats: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS/HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Tuberculosis has recently surpassed HIV/AIDS to become the world’s leading infectious killer. And now extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis is on the rise. It has been documented in over 77 countries, including our own. Few people know that we spend far less than 1% of our total federal budget on global health.

We can make a difference: call or email Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and your U.S. representative and tell them the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria needs our full support.

Donna Schindler Munro

Bremerton, Washington (April 11)

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