A new study www.liebertonline.com/doi/full/10.1089/aid.2010.0030 has found that transmitted HIV drug resistance may be on the rise in Africa, and the authors warn that unless resistance surveillance is increased, the continent's treatment programmes could suffer.
Led by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in five African countries, the study found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia is considerably higher than previously reported.
Meanwhile, head of the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Omu Anzala, states that,
"The message to take away from this study is the urgent need for regular drug resistance surveillance, which we currently do not have."
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