WHO warns of increasing rates of drug-resistant HIV

The World Health Organization is warning of increasing resistance to widely used HIV drugs, which could threaten global progress against HIV.

In six out of 11 countries it studied from 2014-2016, 10% of people starting antiretrovirals had HIV strains resistant to efavirenz or nevirapine.

In new treatment guidelines, the WHO recommends that countries review their HIV treatment programs. When drug resistance rates become high, the group recommends switching new users to another first-line therapy.

If countries take no action in the face of increasing resistance, models predict an additional 135,000 HIV-related deaths and 105,000 new infections in the next 5 years.

Tareq Salahuddin

Dr. Tareq Salahuddin is an award-winning journalist and a Special Correspondent of News Hour. He is a Public Health Professional working in the development sector. Dr. Tareq, a medical graduate, is a member of Public Health Association of Bangladesh and a former member of the Governing Council and Policy Committee of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), a J2J Fellow on HIV/AIDS and a member of the International AIDS Society. To know more about Dr. Tareq, please visit his personal website (www.tareqsalahuddin.net) or simply Google his name.
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