Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Nationwide Survey Says 10% of HIV Is Resistant

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Nationwide Survey Says 10% of HIV Is Resistant

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LOS ANGELES -- Surveillance data indicate that 10% of people in the United States who become infected with HIV have acquired a virus with some resistance, Dr. Ulana Bodnar said at the 14th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

The 11-state survey represents the largest survey done to date regarding HIV resistance.

The survey, which looked at specimens from 3,130 newly diagnosed, drug-naive individuals, found that 4% of infections had mutations conferring resistance to nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, 7% to nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, and 2% to protease inhibitors.

The percentages add up to more than 10% because some viruses had mutations making them resistant to more than one class of drug.

Multidrug resistance was found in 2% of individuals, with 0.5% having resistance to drugs in all three classes, reported Dr. Bodnar, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta.

Overall, 94% were infected with subtype B virus. …

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