WHO Surveys Show Significant Increase In Resistance To Common HIV Treatments
Nature: Alarming surge in drug-resistant HIV uncovered
“Health authorities have uncovered an alarming surge in resistance to crucial HIV drugs. Surveys by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveal that, in the past 4 years, 12 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas have surpassed acceptable levels of drug resistance against two drugs that constitute the backbone of HIV treatment: efavirenz and nevirapine. … Overall, 12% of women surveyed had a drug-resistant form of HIV, compared with 8% of men. Particularly concerning, says the report, is the high level of resistance in infants with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa…” (Mega, 7/30).