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Drug resistant HIV on the rise

By Ruthie Hawkins,

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that resistance to the drugs used to treat HIV is on the rise.

According to the 2017 WHO HIV Drug Resistance report, 6 out of 11 countries surveyed reported that more than 10 percent of people who are “starting antiretroviral therapy had a strain of HIV that was resistant to some of the most widely used HIV medicines.”

“Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing challenge to global health and sustainable development,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We need to proactively address the rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs if we are to achieve the global target of ending AIDS by 2030.”


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