Warning on tackling HIV as WHO finds rise in resistance to antiretroviral drugs

Warning on tackling HIV as WHO finds rise in resistance to antiretroviral drugs

HIV drug resistance is on the rise, according to a new report, which found that the number of people with the virus being treated with antiretrovirals had risen to 27.5 million – an annual increase of 2 million. Four out of five countries with high rates had seen success in suppressing the virus with antiretroviral treatments, according to the World Health Organization’s HIV drug-resistance report. But the study found an increase in countries reaching a 10% threshold of resistance to a class of drugs which, the WHO said, underlined the need for a move to an alternative treatment, which it has recommended since 2019. Resistance exceeding the 10% threshold was reported in 21 of 30 countries surveyed. Switching from non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors was important for children, the report said, …
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