Friday, July 16, 2004
He cites growing threat to third world
BANGKOK Nelson Mandela came to the 15th International AIDS Conference here Thursday to lend his prestige to the battles against tuberculosis and AIDS, two deadly diseases that are intricately linked.
The former president of South Africa was diagnosed with tuberculosis while in prison, where he spent 27 years for opposing the former apartheid regime before his release in 1994.
"We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB," Mandela said at a press conference on Thursday. "TB is too often a death sentence for people with AIDS."