|how it grows
Jul 1, 2003
Does resistant virus grow when it is not in the prescence of drug pressure? If someone is initially infected with a drug resistant virus but has never began anti-aids drugs ..is he infectious to others as far as drug resistant strain is concerned?
| Response from Dr. Young
Yes, drug resistant virus can grow in the absence of drug pressure, but the answer really depends on a lot of specifics-- which drugs, which mutations.
So while this statement is not true for all situations, it can definately happen-- moreover, for persons who are infected initially with drug resistant virus (but remain treatment naive), I strongly suspect that transmission of drug resistance can definately occur. Indeed, this is one of my greatest fears in projecting the long-term prognosis for our community-- that is the ongoing transmission of drug resistance. BY
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