Experts have revealed that drug-resistant HIV has been increasing in parts of sub-Saharan Africa over the last decade,The Lancet journal said
The researchers, from the World Health Organization (WHO) and University College London (UCL) found the most rapid increase in drug resistance occurred in East Africa, at 29 percent per year. In Southern Africa, it was 14 percent per year.
Studies on 26,000 untreated HIV-positive people in developing countries were reviewed by the team.They said resistance could build up if people fail to stick to drug regimes, and because monitoring could be poor.
There was no change in resistance over time in Latin America and in West and Central Africa.
Deborah Jack, chief executive of the UK’s National Aids Trust (NAT), said: “In the UK we are fortunate that drug resistance is not a serious problem, and if a person has drug resistance there are other combinations of anti-retroviral therapy that we can use to address this.
“Sadly in sub-Saharan Africa fewer treatment options are available. If drug resistance occurs there doesn’t tend to be an alternative therapy.