Levels of HIV drug resistance are rising and a new approach is needed immediately. Almost half of all infants diagnosed with the virus are resistant to intervention, according to figures just published by the World Health Organization.
“Based on recent studies from surveys conducted in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, almost half of infants recently diagnosed with HIV carry drug-resistant HIV.“, It says in Thursday’s report.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that although antiretroviral therapy has proven to be a successful sedative, with 27.5 million people currently receiving it globally, drug resistance is increasing, and a growing number of countries are reaching the crucial 10% threshold. . of resistance.
According to the report, “routine monitoringOf resistance, together with the search for alternatives, will be the main ways to minimize the transmission of drug-resistant forms of the disease. As of 2020, only 64% of countries with high levels of infection had national action plans to prevent, monitor and respond to HIV drug resistance.
WHO Director – General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that antimicrobial abuse can be a cause of drug resistance.
“Antimicrobials – including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasits – are the backbone of modern medicine. However, the overuse and misuse of antimicrobials undermines the effectiveness of these important drugs. We can all play a role in preserving antimicrobials and preventing drug resistance“Said Ghebreyesus, quoted by The Guardian.
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