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HIV Drug Resistance: Refusing to Leave Without Putting Up a Fight

Years of transferring lab results from test tubes and Petri dishes out onto the dismal playing field of worldwide HIV infection has finally given us a one-up on the disease. Series and series of refinement to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and better prevention programs has indicated nothing but a dwindling battle against the virus. But HIV is battling back. They are developing resistance to our meticulously-perfected drugs. Drug resistance is, as implied in the name, the ability of a virus to withstand the effects of a given antiretroviral drug attempting to prevent its replication; it will continue to replicate in the presence of the drug.

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HIV/AIDS Virus Becoming Drug Resistant

The last thing anyone would probably want to hear would be that the HIV/AIDS virus was actually mutating and becoming more drug resistant. Although it is sadly true, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) says that it isn’t actually as bad as had been initially feared. Studies conducted from 2003 to 2010, and in over 20 countries, have shown that HIV drug resistance is still at a low 3.7%.

What is it?
The HIV/AIDS virus has increasingly been found to be able to withstand the effects of drugs that are used in antiretroviral therapy (ART) regimens. This in turn means that the virus continues to reproduce even when the drugs have been administered. This is known as HIV drugs resistance.

What is the Cause?
Some of the very few causes of the drugs resistance are the lack of knowledge among patients and health workers, inability of the patients to strictly adhere to the ART treatment regimens, drugs being out of stock and lack of treatment monitoring by health officers.

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